A bit surprised: Sunil Gavaskar on Rishabh Pant omission from World Cup squad

first_img India Today Web Desk MumbaiApril 15, 2019UPDATED: April 15, 2019 20:56 IST India captain Virat Kohli was part of the selection meeting at the BCCI headquarters on Monday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDinesh Karthik was preferred over Rishabh Pant in India’s 15-man World Cup squadKarthik and Pant were competing for the second wicketkeeper’s slotChief selector MSK Prasad said Karthik was picked because of his better wicketkeeping skillsRishabh Pant’s omission from India’s squad for the 2019 World Cup was explained away by chief selector MSK Prasad but the decision surprised Sunil Gavaskar. The Indian selection committee named a 15-man squad for the World Cup in Mumbai on Monday.While most of the players selected themselves, Dinesh Karthik was named the second wicketkeeper. Interestingly, Karthik was omitted from the Indian team for the ODI series against Australia last month. Pant played two ODIs but did himself no favours with some shoddy glovework.Prasad said the selectors went with Dinesh Karthik because he was a better wicketkeeper than Pant who is India’s first choice wicketkeeper in Test cricket.”A bit surprised, looking at his (Pant’s) form. He was batting exceptionally well, not only in the IPL but before that also. He was showing great improvement his wicket-keeping as well. He brings that left-handed option in the top-six which is very handy against the bowlers,” Gavaskar told India Today.”The bowlers have to change their line (for a left-hander) and the captains have to do a lot of field arrangements.”Pant has so far scored 245 runs in the ongoing IPL, compared to Karthik’s 111.#TeamIndia for @ICC #CWC19 #MenInBlue pic.twitter.com/rsz44vHpgeBCCI (@BCCI) April 15, 2019Gavaskar echoed MSK Prasad’s views and reckoned Dinesh Karthik makde the cut because of better wicketkeeping skills.”On a morning when say, MSD (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) has a flu and can’t play, you want somebody who is a better wicket-keeper. I think Karthik’s wicket-keeping skills, more than anything, have won him this place,” Gavaskar said.advertisementVijay Shankar earned his maiden World Cup squad. The selectors consider him to be a solid middle-order batsman who can bowl and Sunil Gavaskar said Shankar could be a good asset with his batting, bowling and athletic fielding.”He is a cricketer who has improved over the last one year. He has grown in confidence. Shankar is a very useful cricketer. He is a very very good batsman, handy bowler, and an outstanding fielder,” the batting great explained.Here is how the rest of the Indian cricket fraternity reacted to the World Cup selection.Wasn’t Pant elevated to the top tier of the Central Contracts a few weeks back?? Not a certainty in two of the three formats.Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 15, 2019″India has picked Shankar as #4 option. Without really knowing if it’ll work. DK will play only when Dhoni isn’t available. And no fourth seamer. Interesting choices. Hope it works. Good luck #CWC.”So, India has picked Shankar as #4 option. Without really knowing if it’ll work. DK will play only when Dhoni isn’t available. And no fourth seamer. Interesting choices. Hope it works. Good luck #CWCAakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 15, 2019″Clearly they’ve chosen experience and patience in the form of @DineshKarthik. Middle order will be very interesting to see @klrahul11/@DineshKarthik could be at number 4. Rest seems sorted with @JadhavKedar and @msdhoni at number 5/6,” Singh tweeted.High voltage expectations from this group. Clearly they’ve chosen experience and patience in the form of @DineshKarthik. Middle order will be very interesting to see @klrahul11/@DineshKarthik could be at number 4. Rest seems sorted with @JadhavKedar and @msdhoni at number 5/6.R P Singh (@rpsingh) April 15, 2019Also Read | 7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squadAlso Read | Watch: Vijay Shankar reacts after World Cup 2019 selectionAlso Read | India team for World Cup is well-balanced, we have covered all bases: MSK PrasadAlso Read | Unfortunate Rishabh Pant has missed out, says MSK PrasadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow Dinesh KarthikFollow Sunil GavaskarFollow India world cup squadFollow ICC World Cup 2019Follow 2019 Cricket World Cup A bit surprised: Sunil Gavaskar on Rishabh Pant omission from World Cup squadDinesh Karthik pipped Rishabh Pant in the fight for the second wicketkeeper’s slot in India’s 15-man squad for the World Cup, starting May 30 in Englandadvertisementlast_img read more