India's WC squad: Vijay Shankar picked; Ambati Rayudu dropped

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Finishing the matches under pressure has come as a benefit to Dinesh Karthik. He will probably be the number four batsman, which had been another gap in the 15-member squad.

DK beat Pant in the race to become the second wicket-keeper in the Indian team for the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales.

"It is definitely a case which we have debated at length".

Khushdil's comments also come after Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur admitted that the national team are lacking a quality finisher going into the World Cup.

Amidst the speculations for the No. 4 spot, Ambati Rayudu - who is not being in good form - is missing out of the team.

"That is the only reason why we went ahead with DK otherwise Pant was nearly there", he added.

"After the Champions Trophy, we have tried quite a few middle-order batsmen, which also included Karthik, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey".

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Speaking over Shankar's inclusion, Prasad said that the 26-year-old all-rounder from Tamil Nadu gives "three dimensions" to the team.

Virak Kohli will captain the side, and the 15-man squad also includes ex-skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul.

"The point that was discussed is that Vijay Shankar will bat at no.4 like Kedar Jadhav and we also have a role for KL somewhere at the top of the order".

"In the last one and half years, it is these two wristies (wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav), who have won us the games but there might be situations where, you require an additional all-rounder in the playing 11, (this is) where Jadeja comes in", Prasad explained.

"We are more or less sorted", Kohli said.

As expected, the pace trio of Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah made it to the squad and there were no surprises in that aspect.

England, ranked No.1 on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team rankings, have been widely touted as favourites for the mega-event.

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