Rohit Sharma, India's ODI vice-captain, said that players will have to be in 'prime form' to secure a spot in the squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which will be hosted in England and Wales from 30 May 2019.
Interacting with the presspersons ahead of the three-match one-day international series against Australia, Sharma said that the India squad will more or less remain consistent for the World Cup, barring "one or two changes".
“Nobody is guaranteed to [be on] that flight to England as yet. We've to be in prime form," Sharma said on Thursday, 10 January.
With Dhoni being around, there's calmness around the group
"Each and every player that will be taking part in the World Cup, all of us are aware of that, we need to keep performing and make sure that come the World Cup, we're ready for it.
"There will be one or two changes keeping in mind form and injury concerns over the next few months. But I don’t see any drastic change in the squad. But I still feel everything will depend on the form of each player.”
The 31-year-old heaped praise on Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who comes back into the limited-overs unit after being rested for the T20 series against Australia, stressing on the "calmness" the former India captain brings to the squad.
“Over the years we have seen the kind of presence he has in the dressing room and on the field. With him being around, there's calmness around the group," Sharma added.
"It's also a bit of a help to the captain, also going down the batting order and that finishing touch is very important,” said Sharma.
"He has finished so many games for us, that role he plays is very important in terms of his batting. His calmness, his advice is very important. So, things he does brings a lot on the table for us and his presence around the group is a massive factor for us.”
Sharma, who missed the final game of the Test series having flown back to India for the birth of his daughter, is now back in the squad for the ODI series.
The three ODIs between India and Australia will be played in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne on 12, 15 and 18 January.
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