India vs Windies: 5 players who sealed WC 2019 spots with their performances
These players have just done enough at the right time to cement their spots.
Published - Nov 4, 2018 5:18 pm
Updated - Nov 4, 2018 5:18 pm
There were some terrific performances on display in the India versus Windies ODI series. Be it Virat Kohli‘s hattrick of tons, or those scintillating knocks from Rohit Sharma, they were all a treat to watch. But more than what it was for these established players, this series was a do-or-die one for a few others.
With the World Cup 2019 just around the corner, teams are trying to figure out their best combinations. Also, there were a few areas of concern that were to be addressed. As far as both India and the Windies are concerned, they would feel that they have got few important boxes ticked. The players, on whom there were a lot of expectations, turned up to the occasion and pulled the rabbit out of the hat at the right time.
Here are five players who might have cemented the World Cup 2019 spots:
1. Ambati Rayudu
There was a lot of talk about the number four position for Team India before this series commenced. Despite trying more than 10 players in the middle-order, the Men in Blue were struggling to find the correct man for the job. At such a critical juncture, one last name that the skipper and the management put hopes was on Ambati Rayudu. Virat Kohli stated that Rayudu was the answer to all the questions and guaranteed an extended run.
Rayudu didn’t disappoint even one bit. He grabbed the opportunity with both the hands and passed this stern test with distinction. He amassed 217 runs in four innings at an average of 72 and also brought up his third ODI century in the process. With these exceptional shows that he put up, he seems to have cemented the number four spot in the side and will be flying to England next year.