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What's the point in naming so many spinners in the WC probables' list?

Last updated on: December 04, 2014 18:56 IST
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India's Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates with teammates after taking a wicket. Photograph: BCCI

There are seven regular spinners in the pack of 30.

Considering that the tournament Down Under will be played on faster wickets, it’s obvious that spinners are unlikely to play a significant role. In these circumstances, having one spinner in the playing eleven is the most one can expect.

India’s 30-member probables’ list for next year's World Cup was released on Thursday and the selectors expectedly reposed faith on youngsters.

The likes of like Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla - who played significant parts in helping India to their first World Cup triumph since 1983 - were omitted from the bid to retain the title in thr tournament in Australia and New Zealand, starting February 14.

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So far, so good!  But a glance at the list and one finds an abundance of spinners.

In fact, there are seven regular spinners in the pack of 30. Ravichandran Ashwin, Parveez Rasool, Karn Sharma, Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav have all been included.

Considering that the tournament Down Under will be played on faster wickets, it’s obvious that spinners are unlikely to play a significant role. In these circumstances, having one spinner in the playing eleven is the most one can expect.

India's Axar Patel celebrates with teammates after taking a wicket in the recent ODI series against Sri Lanka. Photograph: BCCI

In case of any exigency Team India can always rely on the likes of Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma – all regular part-timers and certainties in the playing eleven – to share a few overs between them.

When the list is pruned to 15 in early January, it is given that not many of the spinners named will make the final cut.

So what’s point in naming so many of them?

The selectors could, instead, have given the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Dinesh Karthik and Naman Ojha a chance to impress and stake a claim. That would have ensured healthy competition for places. Naming so many spinners will only lead to complacency.

Indeed, the shortlist reeks of apathy and gives the impression that it was announced for the heck of it.

However, the final eleven, which will be announced next month, is more or less clear. Have a look.

The 'final' 15: 

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain)

Virat Kohli

Shikhar Dhawan

Rohit Sharma

Ajinkya Rahane

Suresh Raina

Murali Vijay

Wriddhiman Saha

Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravindra Jadeja

Ishant Sharma

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Mohammed Shami

Umesh Yadav

Varun Aaron

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