The T20 specialist has shown some great strokes in the short format but is yet to prove himself in the 50-over format. In his ODI career, Suryakumar has played 23 matches at an average of 24.05 and currently has just two half-centuries. With Shreyas Iyer gaining form, this could be the last opportunity for the 32-year-old to showcase his abilities in this variant of the game.
Return of Kul Chah
With Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in the lineup, this could be a great opportunity for captain Rohit Sharma to reunite the proven pair. The wrist spinners have had tremendous success playing together. However, due to Kuldeep’s slump in form, the team management tried other combinations and the pair was separated. In the World Cup conditions in India, where the ball will be spinning and clinging, Rohit may be tempted to revert to this combination.
Umran Malik should get a game
The leg-spinner from Jammu and Kashmir was perhaps the most interesting prospect in Indian cricket. His playing at full strength is a treat for any Indian fan. It remains to be seen whether Malik will make it to the World Cup squad, but his name is being discussed. Few teams in the world game have bowlers who play as fast as him. His appearance in the squad will add another dimension to the bowling arsenal of the Indian attack.