Indian skipper Virat Kohli has stated that performances in the Indian Premier League will have no influence on the selection of Men in Blue’s World Cup squad.
With most of the slots already been locked, India will look to fill in the few remaining berths during the five-match ODI series against Australia.
Speaking to media on the eve of first ODI match between India and Australia, Virat ruled out the possibility of IPL impacting World Cup selection process.
“No, I don’t see the IPL having any influence on World Cup selection. I think that will be very, very radical sort of analysis.”
Talks have been going on regarding a possible show down between Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik for the second wicket-keeper’s slot, but Kohli insisted one bad IPL will not influence the selection of any World Cup bound player.
“We need to have a solid team. Before we head into the IPL, we need to be absolutely clear of what team we want for the World Cup. I don’t see anything changing on how the IPL goes for any of the players.”
He further added: “If one or two players do not have a good IPL season, it doesn’t mean that they are out of the picture for the World Cup. Those things are not going to matter.”