It is the current form of the players that usually decides those final two or three available slots. I am sure the whole of India will be talking about the exclusion of Murali Vijay, who has been in great form both on this tour of Australia and in England last year. I am not sure if the selectors have moved away from the concept of rewarding good performances in one format of the game with a place in another format being played in the same country.
The essence of winning the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 revolves around playing with great fluency on the Australia pitches, and Vijay has been nothing if not fluent all through the Test series. That confidence would have worked wonders for Vijay and would have rubbed off on the rest of the team, so his non-inclusion comes with a question mark. But having said that, India’s batting is well set with the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Suresh Raina, not to mention MS Dhoni himself.
This is amply reflective of the strength at the top of the batting order, so perhaps the selectors might have felt that keeping Vijay in the squad was a bit of a luxury they could not afford. With Ravindra Jadeja coming down the order and Ravichandaran Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar more than competent with the bat, India batting looks the strongest of all the teams in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
That said, batting hasn’t been India’s problem in limited-overs cricket. India must sort out its bowling combinations and resources at the earliest. It needs someone to lead the attack and it needs to zero in on the bowlers who Dhoni and the team management believe will play in all the matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
At this point, Bhuvneshwar Kumar seems the best bet to do that, unless Ishant Sharma finds his line and length and leads from the front. India’s bowling form will be thoroughly tested during the tri-series preceding the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Midway through this tri-series, Dhoni should have decided what his first choice bowling attack will be for the duration of ICC’s pinnacle event. There will be some experimentation early on, but by the time the tri-series is over, India should have its best 11 in place, the team it believes will take it all the way to the title.