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Vijay Shankar is three dimensional, looking at him for no 4: MSK Prasad after naming India's World Cup squad

Vijay Shankar. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 15, 2019, 04.26 PM (IST)

India's national cricket team selector MSK Prasad on Monday named Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik and KL Rahul in the squad for the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales. 

The selection committee, however, left Ambati Rayudu while all-rounder Vijay Shankar made the cut as a batsman who can bowl.

Talking about choosing Shankar over Rayadu, Prasad was quick to answer saying Vijay is 'three dimensional'

"After the Champions Trophy (2017), we tried quite a few people in that position. We did give a few more chances to Rayudu. Vijay Shankar is three dimensional. We are looking at him at no. 4 to begin with."

"We also have Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav. It's not that anything that went against [Rayudu], it's that a few things went for [Shankar]," Prasad added.

To everyone's surprise, Rishabh Pant exclusion was also a shocking decision by the management. 

When asked what made them take such a call, Prasad said Karthik was preferred over Pant due to his superior 'keeping skills.

"Definitely a case where we debated (at) length. We all (agreed) that either Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik will come in only when [Dhoni] is injured. In an important game, wicket keeping is also important. That's the reason we went with Dinesh Karthik."

Ravindra Jadeja took up the third spinner's slot, alongside wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. 

The four pacers in the side picked themselves with Jasprit Bumrah leading an attack that also includes Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

For the uninitiated, the team announced for the World Cup are provisional selections and can be changed till May 23rd without ICC permission.

The cricket tournament will from May 30 to July 14, with India's first game to be played against South Africa on June 5. 

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The selection committee, however, left Ambati Rayudu while all-rounder Vijay Shankar made the cut as a batsman who can bowl.