Gavaskar surprised at Pant not being in WC squad

Gavaskar surprised at Pant not being in WC squad

He tweeted, "6 months back, Mohammad Shami was nowhere near being considered for white ball cricket, but some outstanding performances has ensured he plays his 2nd World Cup". India is heading to the World Cup as the 2nd ranked ODI team in the world behind hosts England.

On the other hand, Vijay Shankar was also added to India's World Cup squad. KL Rahul joins the group as the back-up opener.

Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja.

In case MS Dhoni gets injured, Dinesh Karthik is a much safer option than Rishabh Pant behind the stumps. With IPL 2019 already creating a buzz, the biggest announcement about ICC World Cup 2019 Team India squad is out.

According to the highly placed sources in the BCCI, the 21-year-old Pant will be taken into confidence and explained the reason for his drop out by one of the selectors.

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Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, 37, is first-choice wicketkeeper. "So at that juncture, it is a crucial match like the semifinal or an important game (of the World Cup), wicketkeeping also matters". "Pant is full of talent. It's just unfortunate that he's missed out", MSK had said.

"We've seen Karthik finishing matches under pressure", said chief selector MSK Prasad. "That scored for him", Prasad stated. More importantly, Jadeja brings with him solidarity at the lower end of the batting and not to forget his brilliance on the field.

"We've gone past a 15-man squad of guys who can contribute into probably an 18-, 19-man squad who could all easily be selected for the final 15".

"After the Champions Trophy, we have tried quite a few middle-order batsmen, which also included Karthik, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey. We have covered all the bases and this is one of the most balanced Indian sides for the World Cup", Prasad said. "Apart from his batting, he can bowl and he's a fantastic fielder". He will probably be the number four batsman, which had been another gap in the 15-member squad. Karthik wins the duel he had with fellow veteran Ambati Rayudu for the slot, while Lokesh Rahul offers another option for the position.

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