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Rishabh Pant Should Have Found A Place In The Indian World Cup Squad: Karsan Ghavri

“He is a match-winner and he can win you a match on his own.”

Former Indian fast bowler Karsan Ghavri reckons that the selection panel led by MSK Prasad has picked a well balanced 15-man squad for the upcoming 2019 World Cup, but also at the same time mentioned that young Rishabh Pant should have been selected in the side. Pant missed out on the dream opportunity as Dinesh Karthik got picked ahead of him due to the latter being more experienced both as a batsman and wicket-keeper.

“According to me it’s a very good and well-balanced team, but I think Rishabh Pant should have found a place. The selectors, and a lot of people, think in his wicket-keeping abilities he is no match to Dinesh Karthik. Wicket-keeping is (also) important,” said Karsan Ghavri.

He could have been a great advantage

Ghavri, who opened the bowling along with Kapil Dev during the 1979 victorious World Cup, revealed that Pant’s inclusion would have handed India with a great advantage in the quadrennial event. The left-arm pacer mentioned that Pant is a much better batsman in comparison to Karthik. He reckoned that the Delhi batsman has the ability to win matches on his own.

 “But he could have been a great advantage because Rishabh Pant, according to me, is a much better batsman than Karthik. He is a match-winner and he can win you a match on his own,” he added.

However, he also mentioned that the selectors and the team management have surely picked this team for the betterment of Indian cricket at the upcoming 50-overs mega event. “But whatever the selectors and the captain have thought, I (still) think they have picked the best team,” Ghavri inferred.

He has come a long and hard way

Ghavri also noted that Ambati Rayudu should have been selected in place of Vijay Shankar as the former is a much experienced player. However, he further went on to mention that Shankar’s inclusion gives the team a player who can bat in the middle-order as well as contribute with the ball.

“Instead of Vijay Shankar they should have picked Ambati Rayudu, because he is a more experienced player and he has come a long and hard way. The advantage with Shankar is that he is a batsman who can bowl too. This team, like the one in 1983, has four to five allrounders who can chip in with bat and ball and in fielding. I am not criticising Shankar’s selection. He is a utility cricketer,” the former World Cup winning cricketer concluded.