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Consistent India Blues: Strong favorites for 2019 ICC World Cup (Photo: Twitter)

A Virat Kohli led India team is one of the three strong favorites for the upcoming 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Omissions of players like Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Khaleel Ahmed was debated a lot but the Blues have stuck with their chosen 15-man squad to deliver the big title.

The Indian selection committee selected only three fast medium bowlers in their squad, opting for a spin heavy squad.

Squad: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.

Strengths

India’s top three batsmen will be key to their chances of winning the 2019 ICC World Cup. The trio of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli is unmatched by any other top order in the tournament in terms of skills, consistency or potential.

The spin twins of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will be hoping to pick wickets at regular intervals to hurt oppositions in the quadrennial tournament.

Weaknesses

The No.4 spot in India’s batting line-up is a well documented weakness in the Blues’ World Cup squad. KL Rahul scored a century in warm-up matches and would be looking to fill the void.

Opportunities

India has never had a strong fast bowling attack going into a major ICC tournament.

Jasprit Bumrah, World’s No.1 ODI bowler will be complimented by Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar (if given a chance).

Threats

The dwindling form of key players and burnout from the Indian Premier League season can harm India’s chances of winning the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

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