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From P1

After a stu­pen­dous out­ing in IPL’S 2018 edi­tion, Rayudu was a sure-shot choice for the Asia Cup. He looked like Kohli’s first choice for the World Cup squad un­til the home se­ries against West Indies last Oc­to­ber. His patchy form with just half-cen­tury to his credit was the rea­son the five In­dian se­lec­tors ig­nored him for the English sum­mer.

He re­placed by all-rounder Vi­jay Shankar, who made his one-day de­but only ear­lier this year ver­sus Aus­tralia. Rayudu will be keen to make amends if given the op­por­tu­nity.

Pant will be in­cluded only if skip­per Kohli wants an Xfac­tor to psy­che out op­po­nents. His fear­less attitude while bat­ting cre­ates fear in the minds of op­po­nents all over the world.

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