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ICC World Cup 2019: ‘I was disappointed’ - Rishabh Pant reacts to exclusion from India’s squad

Rishabh Pant said in an interview that he was disappointed after the exclusion and also made it clear that he is trying to move on and his focus is on performing in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

cricket Updated: Apr 27, 2019 19:37 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Delhi Capitals player Rishabh Pant celebrates victory against Rajasthan Royals.(PTI)

Rishabh Pant was one of the biggest names to miss out on a spot in India’s squad for the ICC World Cup 2019 as the selectors opted for Dinesh Karthik as the second choice wicket-keeper after MS Dhoni.

The Delhi Capitals cricketer said in an interview that he was disappointed after the exclusion and also made it clear that he is trying to move on and his focus is on performing in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

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“I was disappointed. Obviously, because every player dreams of representing India and playing a World Cup for the country is even more special. I was disappointed but as a cricketer and as a professional, I know that there’s no point in being disappointed. I try to move on. I am focused on performing in the opportunities that I get. That’s about it,” Pant told India Today.

Earlier, Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting Friday said keeping faith in talented players like Rishabh Pant has helped the team in finding the form at this crucial juncture of the competition.

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“There have been questions asked about where we should have dropped certain players in some matches, but I believe when you have talented players in your squad, you just keep backing them. We have players who can turn it around quite quickly as it takes just one innings or match to get going in a tournament like this,” he said.

“... players like Rishabh might have had certain thoughts about World Cup selection, but to be honest, that 78 not out in the first match against Mumbai got us the win. I’m glad he found form again against RR, and what you want from players like him in such a tournament is that they win you three or four matches each throughout the season, and he has won two games for us so far, and if he remains in form, he can get a couple of more wins.”

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Apr 27, 2019 14:02 IST