With some sensational match-winning performances in the second half of the recently concluded 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the flurry of talks regarding Rishabh Pant’s exclusion from the Indian 15-member squad for the 2019 World Cup have once again taken the centerstage. The swashbuckling Delhi Capitals (DC) batsman ended the season with an amazing tally of 488 runs at an average of 37.54 with an astounding strike-rate of 162.66. He smashed three half-centuries including a highest score 78 not out against Mumbai Indians (MI) in a winning cause.
Dinesh Karthik was selected in the World Cup team ahead of young Pant due to the former’s experience both behind the stumps and as a batsman especially in pressure situations. Indian chief selector MSK Prasad had already cleared the fact that Dinesh Karthik would be able to fit in the playing XI, in case first choice wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni gets unfit. However, Pant has been named as a stand-by along with Ambati Rayudu for the upcoming 50-overs quadrennial event.
He will be missed
During a recent interview, former Indian skipper and current Delhi Capitals advisor, Sourav Ganguly mentioned that India will definitely miss Pant’s services in the upcoming showpiece event. Ganguly revealed that he isn’t sure in whose place Pant will be missed, but his absence will certainly be felt.
“India will miss Pant at the World Cup. I don’t know in whose place, but he will be missed,” Sourav Ganguly was quoted as saying.
Indian spin bowling all-rounder Kedar Jadhav picked up a shoulder injury during one of the league games after which he was ruled out for the remainder of the season. More importantly, his World Cup participation has also come under jeopardy.
“He is injured. It’s difficult to say whether he will get fit or not. I hope Kedar gets fit,” Ganguly said on Jadhav’s availability for the 2019 World Cup.
Ganguly mentored Delhi Capitals ended at the third spot on the points table in recently concluded IPL 2019 edition. The Delhi-based franchise qualified in the playoffs for the first time in six years before getting knocked out after a comprehensive defeat against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Qualifier 2.
“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 concluded.