The Indian squad for the World Cup was announced on the 15th of April, and it came in with a couple of surprises. However, the bowling department was not one of them. The bowling unit was one which was predicted from the beginning itself.
The exclusion of Rayudu and Rishabh Pant had created quite a stir post the selection. The selectors made up for this exclusion when they announced three back-up players for the World Cup. The three back-ups were Rishabh Pant, Ambati Rayudu, and pacer Navdeep Saini.
On Monday, one more name was added to the stand-by players. Ishant Sharma is the fourth stand-by for the World Cup squad.
The veteran Indian pacer has not played even a single World Cup till date, but he is included into this list based on the experience of bowling in the English squad in the recent years.
“Saini is our No.1 choice while Ishant remains as a second option. He has the experience of bowling in the English conditions and has been bowling well,” a source from the board told TOI on Monday.
In the league matches of the IPL, Ishant has bowled well, accounting for 10 wickets in as many games for the Delhi Capitals. His economy of 7.65 has also helped the cause of his team.
As far as international white ball cricket is concerned, the tall fast-bowler has 115 wickets in 80 matches, and it has been a while since he last wore the Indian blues. However, he has been a consistent performer for the Indian test team in the past couple of years.