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India will miss Rishabh Pant in World Cup: Sourav Ganguly

KOLKATA: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Monday once once more rued that younger wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant could be sorely ignored right through the ODI World Cup, commencing on May 30 in UK.

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"India will miss Pant in the World Cup. I don't know in whose place but he will be missed," Ganguly told newshounds at Eden Gardens.

The explosive 21-year-old Pant was a notable omission from the India's World Cup-bound squad because the national selectors picked an experienced Dinesh Karthik because the second-choice wicketkeeper.

Pant had a lovely IPL 2019 season collecting 488 runs from 16 matches at a mean of 37.53 and with a strike rate of 162.66.

With Kedar Jadhav maintaining a shoulder damage right through an IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab, the clinical group of workers is opting a wait and watch policy on his availability for India's World Cup opener towards South Africa on June 5.

Asked whether Pant's title can crop up in case Jadhav fails to get are compatible, Ganguly said: "He is injured. It's difficult to say whether he will get fit or not. I hope Kedar gets fit."

Ganguly is the consultant of IPL franchise Delhi Capitals, a workforce for which Pant just lately scored massive runs even if it didn't make the final.

"We played exceptionally well but two other teams made the final. The season just got over, we have not thought about it (the way forward)," Ganguly said about their loss to Chennai Super Kings within the Qualifier 2.

Ganguly rated CSK's MS Dhoni and Mumbai Indians' Rohit Sharma as two perfect captains of the IPL.

"Two best captains of the IPL and one of them won. Everyone will learn under pressure. Both CSK and Mumbai were fantastic teams," said Ganguly.

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