This year, IPL season will be a useful one to select the team to represent the country for World cup 2019. At this crucial time, some players may lose their chance to participate in the team activities due to poor performance in IPL 2018.
- Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami was down due to disturbances in his personal life but succeeded to get Grade B contract from BCCI and joined the Delhi DareDevils team for IPL 2018. He met with a minor road accident and was confined to bench in the ODI team with the presence of likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He was very expensive and his average was poor, up to 48. So, he may lose his place in the ODI team to Umesh Yadav, who is doing an astonishing performance for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
- Manish Pandey
He was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for a startling sum of Rs.11 crore. But he did not do up to the mark to date. Though the team is in the top position with back to back victories, he is doing a mediocre performance. He scored 158 runs with strike rate 112.85. He may be replaced by Ambati Rayudu or KL Rahul who are doing well in this IPL.
- Washington Sundar
This 19-year old all-rounder is expected to fill the spin-trio with Yuzwendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. He was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs.4 crore on account of his outstanding performance in the Nidahas trophy. He was very expensive with an economy rate of 9.6 and average above 48. He picked only four wickets off seven games. He is expected to lose his position to Piyush Chawla who is doing well for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
- Jayadev Unadkat
He is the costliest Indian player for Rs.11.5 crores in this IPL season. He was picked by Rajasthan Royals. He picked 24 wickets off 12 games in the series against Sri Lanka in 2017 and bagged man of the series award. This Bengali pacer picked only seven wickets at an economy rate above 10 per over. It takes a lot of effort for him to attain a place in the World cup team 2019.
- Axar Patel
He is the only player retained by the Punjab team before the commencement of the auctions. He played two games for the team and was wicketless. He is a finger spinner and has to compete for the place in the Indian ODI team with skipper Ravichandran Ashwin, who is a finger-spinner indeed. If the team looks for finger-spinners along with wrist-spinners Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, he may lose his place to Ashwin who can bowl leg spin also.