Akshay Ramesh MumbaiApril 15, 2019UPDATED: April 15, 2019 17:20 IST 2019 Cricket World Cup: Vijay Shankar has been backed to be India’s No. 4 at the quadrennial tournament in England and Wales (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVijay Shankar has got the backing to play at No. 4 for India at the World CupIt’s not that anything that went against Rayudu, it’s that a few things went for Shankar: MSK PrasadIndia announced a 15-man squad for the 2019 World Cup in Mumbai on MondayIndia’s selection committee chairman MSK Prasad on Monday explained the rationale behind preferring Vijay Shankar over Ambati Rayudu for the No. 4 spot in the batting line-up at the 2019 World Cup. Prasad said Shankar’s ability to contribute with the bat, the ball and on the field worked in his favour.While most of the squad was expected to pick itself, the major talking point ahead of the India squad selection on Monday centered around the No. 4 spot. India have tried close to 10 batsmen with very little success at the crucial batting position since the 2017 Champions Trophy.The uncertainty around the No. 4 spot was so much so that head coach Ravi Shastri hinted Virat Kohli may drop from No. 3 to No. 4 during the World Cup in England and Wales, starting May 30.However, Vijay Shankar’s impressive performances with the bat gave India a bit of confidence in the lead up to the World Cup.”After the Champions Trophy in 2017, we tried quite a few people in that position. We did give a few more chances to Rayudu. Vijay Shankar is three dimensional. We are looking at him at no. 4 to begin with,” MSK Prasad said.Prasad also hinted India may try Dinesh Karthik or Kedar Jadhav at the No.4 spot if the need arises while insisting that KL Rahul will be a back-up opener in the initial stages of the tournament.India begin their World Cup campaign on June 5 and will play nine matches in the round-robin group stages.”We also have Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav. It’s not that anything that went against Rayudu, it’s that a few things went for Shankar. To begin with KL will be reserve opener, if need arises the team management will take a call.”advertisementVijay Shankar was handed an India recall in Hardik Pandya’s absence during India’s tour of Australia earlier this year. Coming back into the team after a forgettable performance in the Nidahas Trophy final against Bangladesh last year, the Tamil Nadu all-rounder grabbed the opportunity with both hands.Having batted higher-up the order in the T20Is against New Zealand, Shankar showcased he is more than handy with the bat. The 28-year-old grabbed eyeballs when he hit a well-paced 45 in India’s 35-run win over New Zealand in the fifth ODI of a five-match series in Wellington after a second successive top-order failure. In the three T20Is, Shankar smashed 84 runs at an impressive strike rate of 155.55.On the hand, Ambati Rayudu had received the backing of Virat Kohli for the middle-order role at the World Cup as early as August 2018 after some impressive performances in a home series vs West Indies.However, his performances in 2019 have dipped. Rayudu has scored just 247 runs from 10 matches at a below-par average of 30.87. Rayudu has been struggling to get going in IPL 2019 as well. The CSK batsman has scored just 138 runs from 8 matches at a paltry average of 19.71.Also Read | Unfortunate Rishabh Pant has missed out, says MSK PrasadAlso Read | India team for 2019 World Cup named: Rayudu and Pant fail to make cut, Dinesh Karthik includedAlso Read | India team for World Cup is well-balanced, we have covered all bases: MSK PrasadAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Vijay ShankarFollow 2019 Cricket World CupFollow India national cricket teamFollow Ambati RayuduFollow Rishabh PantFollow Virat Kohli 3-dimensional Vijay Shankar preferred over Ambati Rayudu for India’s World Cup squadAfter a series of trial and errors, India have zeroed in on Vijay Shankar for the No. 4 spot at the 2019 World Cup. Chief selector, MSK Prasad while announcing the squad in Mumbai on Monday, explained the decision to leave out Ambati Rayudu who had received captain Virat Kohli’s backing a few months agoadvertisement
He added: “They provided practical instructions for the manufacture of bombs, and information on targets.”Hussain, 21, from Birmingham, died in a US air strike three days after Khan was killed.Another intelligence document describes how Khan was “prominent in attack planning on behalf of Daesh; directly inciting individuals to conduct attacks”.The committee’s report disclosed that Khan and Hussain were connected to several of seven major plots thwarted in the UK in 2015.It said: “It is to the agencies’ credit that their investigation of Khan’s activities revealed these plots which they were then able to disrupt, thereby avoiding what could have been a very significant loss of life.” Khan was killed by a strike from targeted by Reaper drone in August 2015 in the Raqqah area of Syria.The operation that killed the 21-year-old was the first time that the UK had conducted a lethal drone strike against a terrorist target outside of participation in a military campaign.While Khan was the target of the attack, two other individuals travelling in the same vehicle were also killed, including Ruhul Amin, another UK national.The committee’s report published on Wednesday provided the first detailed account of the evidence amassed on Khan before the strike. Dominic Grieve MP, chairman, said: “In terms of the severity of the threat posed by Reyaad Khan, it appears from the 25 intelligence reports and two formal intelligence assessments that we have seen, that Khan was a prolific recruiter and attack planner.”Alongside another plotter, Junaid Hussain, Khan “encouraged multiple operatives around the world to conduct attacks against the UK and our allies” over the course of nine months, Mr Grieve said. A British jihadi killed in an unprecedented RAF drone strike in Syria was plotting attacks that could have led to “a very significant loss of life” in Britain, MPs have found.Reyaad Khan was a prolific recruiter and attack planner for Islamic State, and intelligence reports indicated he posed a “very serious threat” to the UK.The former promising student from Cardiff “orchestrated numerous plots to murder large numbers of UK citizens and those of our allies, as part of a wider terrorist group which considers itself at war with the West,” according to the assessment from the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC). Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.