The 15-member Indian squad for the 2019 World Cup was announced on Monday (April 15), but the discussions about the surprising omissions and the inclusions seem to be never-ending. One of the most astonishing selections was of Dinesh Karthik as the reserve wicket-keeper batsman ahead of young Rishabh Pant. Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting has backed Pant for more big opportunities coming his way in future and reckoned that the youngster has the ability to play at least three World Cup tournaments.
He has taken it pretty well
During a recent conversation, Ponting revealed that he had a discussion with Pant about the team selection on Monday night. Ponting mentioned that the youngster was surely a little bit upset about his exclusion, but also noted that he has accepted the fact really well.
"I had a quick chat to him on Monday night, he seems to have taken it pretty well. There's no doubt that he's disappointed, I'm sure he would have loved to have been in that squad, as a lot of other players would have as well. But the thing that he has to remember, and we all have to remember, he's still very, very young. He's got an opportunity to play potentially in another three or four World Cups during the course of his career," quoted Ricky Ponting.
There is a lot of depth around Indian cricket
Ponting stated that he was very much surprised to see Pant not being picked in the World Cup squad and reckoned that he was certain to even be part of the playing eleven. The former Australian legendary cricketer noted that the southpaw batsman is someone who can provide the side with that X-factor in the middle-order department.
"I was surprised when he was left out of the squad. I thought he'll be in and I thought he'll actually play in the starting eleven. I thought that someone like him batting at No. 4 or 5 in their side would have just been that sort of player who could have had that X-factor about him that could have been the difference between India and some other teams in the World Cup,” Ponting added.
Ponting further went on to mention that Pant has missed out the big opportunity due to the depth in the Indian batting order. He noted that he will be quite surprised if the 21-year-old does not play atleast three World Cup competitions over his cricketing career.
“One thing that we know about Indian cricket is that there is a lot of depth around, particularly around the batting side. Unfortunately this time Rishabh is the one that has missed out but as I said, I think knowing what he's like and the talent he's got I'll be surprised if he doesn't play at least three World Cups before his career is over," the Delhi Capitals head coach concluded.