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ICC World Cup 2019: Former chief selector has his say on Rishabh Pant’s exclusion

ICC World Cup 2019: Dilip Vengsarkar added that the selectors must have considered experience and hence gave Dinesh Karthik the nod over Rishabh Pant.

cricket Updated: Apr 21, 2019 08:51 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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India's MS Dhoni, left, and Rishabh Pant talk after the end of a match.(AP)

Former Indian cricket team chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar believes that Rishabh Pant should have been a part of India’s squad for ICC World Cup 2019. However, he added that the selectors must have considered experience and hence gave Dinesh Karthik the nod over Pant.

“If I was a selector today, I would have gone for Rishabh Pant in the World Cup team. Pant is very talented, I was expecting him in the squad,” Vengarkar told Khaleej Times while adding, “he is young and he is an in-form batsman. He should have been in the team. Maybe they were looking for experience so went for Karthik, who has been playing for over ten years.”

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Experience was not the main criteria which went against Pant, nor was his inability to build an innings and straightaway go for the big shots, which is often the critics favourite getaway when trying to find faults in Pant. It was, in fact the 20-year-old’s keeping skills that let him down and pretty much forced the selectors to go for Karthik.

Making it clear that keeping was the principal parameter while looking for Dhoni’s back-up in India’s World Cup squad, BCCI chairman of selectors MSK Prasad said, “In an important game wicket keeping is also important. That’s the reason we went with Dinesh Karthik,” after a brief selection meeting which also included Indian captain Virat Kohli at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Monday afternoon.

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Former Indian cricket team skipper Mohammed Azharuddin felt it was not fair to drop Rishabh Pant from India’s ICC World Cup 2019 squad. He also said that Pant, who has been India’s first-choice wicket-keeper in Tests should have been added to the squad over Dinesh Karthik, who has been given enough chances.

“Is it fair to drop a young cricketer who has performed exceedingly well in Tests in England and Australia. If he is not a good wicketkeeper why pick him for the Tests then. Karthik has been given enough chances. The team otherwise is well balanced and probably the best possible. The batting has depth and bowling looks superb,” Azharuddin was quoted as saying by Sportstar.

First Published: Apr 20, 2019 21:17 IST