So, its hardly eight months more to enter into the grand event in the game of cricket. Each team is figuring out their perfect squad ahead of the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. Much to the same, India also trying to get the best squad possible before entering the tournament, as one of the favourites to lift the coveted trophy. Meanwhile, we figured out 3 players who can be the surprise picks for the 2019 World Cup.

Here are the 3 players who can be the surprise picks for the 2019 World Cup:

3. Khaleel Ahmed:

The youngster had come into the scheme of the things when it mattered the most. He was pretty impressive in the game against Hong Kong in the Asia Cup 2018, and also, seems like having the guts in him to deliver on the big stage.

3 Players Who Can be the Surprise Picks for the 2019 World Cup, Khaleel Ahmed
Khaleel Ahmed (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

In addition, India is trying to embed a left-handed fast bowler in the playing XI to provide the variety as well. Khaleel Ahmed had shown his nerves of steel when he knocked out Hong Kong players in his second spell.

With Shardul Thakur faring pretty poorly and Umesh Yadav, Shami being inconsistent, the selectors might put their trust on the youngster to deliver. Meanwhile, the Indian team management also impressed with the work ethic of Khaleel. Therefore, he could among the 3 players who can be the surprise picks for the 2019 World Cup.

2. Suresh Raina:

Yes, don’t get surprised if you find Suresh Raina in the 2019 World Cup squad. With Kedar Jadhav being prone to injuries, Suresh Raina is the only candidate, who can deliver with the ball and bat for team India.

Suresh Raina, 3 Players Who Can be the Surprise Picks for the 2019 World Cup
Suresh Raina (Credits – AFP)

Besides that, Suresh Raina has got enough experience under his belt to tackle the pressure of the grand event. Stretching the possibilities, it is also known that Suresh Raina has got a fine record in the English conditions.

Further, his fielding is an extra asset for team India as well. All in all, one might see him donning the 2019 World Cup jersey for team India. It is expected he will be called up for the remaining three ODI games against the Windies.

1. Rishabh Pant:

The in-form youngster has got all the required ingredients in him to deliver for the country. He is in blistering form and also got the fine record in England during his stint with India A.

3 Players Who Can be the Surprise Picks for the 2019 World Cup, Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant (Express photo by Kevin DSouza)

The stylish southpaw can be a finisher for the team with his amazing strokeplay and can take away the game from the opposition. Further, he can also be the cover for MS Dhoni in the wicketkeeping slot as well.

Rishabh Pant already received the maiden call-up to represent India against the Windies. It is expected that he will be taking the middle-order slot to strengthen the batting lineup.