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In World Cup race, Dinesh Karthik trumps Rishabh Pant

MUMBAI: Springing a big marvel the selectors on Monday chose to ignore India's emerging big name Rishabh Pant whilst saying the squad for the World Cup in England.


Known for his explosive batting, Pant used to be tipped heavily to make it to the group, but it used to be Dinesh Karthik who in the end gained the battle of the second wicket-keeper, thanks to his finishing abilities and better wicket-keeping skills. As NewsTread had reported, Vijay Shankar used to be most well-liked over middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu on account of his all-round abilities.

Quizzed on why exactly Karthik used to be most well-liked over Pant, chief selector and former India wicket-keeper MSK Prasad mentioned: "Well, it's definitely a case which we debated at length, and all of us in unison felt that either Pant or DK (Dinesh Karthik) will be coming into playing 11, if (only) Mahi (MS Dhoni) is injured, so at that juncture if it is a crucial match, like a semifinal, wicket-keeping also matters. So, that's the reason why we went ahead with Karthik, otherwise Pant was almost there."

Prasad made it clear that Karthik's finishing abilities gained him the battle vs Pant. "One of the wicket-keepers will play only if MS is injured. Under pressure, we have seen Karthik finishing matches," he mentioned.

It can safely be concluded that Pant's shoddy glove-work at the back of the stumps in the Mohali ODI, the place he gave Australia's Ashton Turner, who smashed an unbeaten 84 no longer out off 43 balls to lend a hand Australia chase down 359, a couple of let offs, swung the deal in Karthik's favour. "You can say that ('keeping a work in progress). The situation that was discussed among the selection committee is that one of them will play in the eleven provided MS is injured. Under such a situation, in crunch matches, who is the best guy who can handle pressure? That is the reason which went in favour of Karthik, otherwise Pant is full of talent. There is a lot of time for him. It's unfortunate that he missed out," reasoned the chief selector.

It's obvious that the experienced Karthik's talent to hold his nerves beneath power, as towards Pant's tendency to throw his wicket away on the flawed time, also weighed in the former's favour.

Shankar over Rayudu

Explaining why Shankar used to be the most well liked choice ahead of the experienced Rayudu, Prasad mentioned: "After the Champions Trophy, we've tried quite a few batsmen - Karthik, Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey in the middle order. We did give a few more chances to Rayudu, but Shankar offers three dimensions. Apart from his batting, he can bowl - if the conditions are overcast, he might bowl a bit - and he's a fantastic fielder. That's the thing that went in his favour. Shankar is a batsman who can bowl."

For now, Shankar will likely be asked to bat on the No. four spot, which has been problematic for India previously. "We are looking at him at No. 4. With Karthik in, and also with Kedar Jadhav, we have plenty of options at No. 4," Prasad mentioned. If he and Jadhav fail, KL Rahul, who used to be to begin with picked in the middle-order, too is a candidate to bat there. "We also have a role for KL somewhere in the top-order. To begin with, he is only a reserve opener but if need arises, it will be the team management's call," Prasad mentioned.

Justifying the verdict to pick three spinners for the most often seamer-friendly conditions in England, Prasad mentioned: "In the last one and half years, it is these two wrist spinners (Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav), who have won us the games, but there might be situations where you might require an additional all-rounder in the playing XI, which (Ravindra) Jadeja is. In the second part of the tournament, the wickets will be more dry, so Jadeja will be handy. This is the reason why we picked him."

As has been the follow previously few years, four seamers will commute together with the group to bowl to the batsmen during the World Cup.

"Khaleel's (Ahmed) name was discussed and so was (Navdeep) Saini's. They will be in and around and if the need arises, one of them will be picked," the selection committee chairman informed. Saini has inspired for RCB in the IPL.

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