India's WC cricket squad: Karthik pips Pant, Shankar in at No. 4

Carrie Guzman
April 15, 2019

Rishabh Pant, who has been India's regular wicketkeeper in Tests in the absence of Wriddhiman Saha, is another absentee and chairman of selectors MSK Prasad explained that Karthik was chosen due to his superior wicketkeeping skills. Here are the four players who narrowly missed their World Cup call in the Indian squad.

Finishing the matches under pressure has come as a benefit to Dinesh Karthik.

Will Ambati Rayudu continue to be India's No 4 choice or Vijay Shankar will get that spot?

There is still hope for Pant though as Prasad admitted that Pant or Karthik was the biggest topic of debate in the selection meeting. "We all were in unison that either pant or DK will come in only when Mahi is injured", MSKPrasad said after the squad was announced.

However, Karthik, 33, was left out of the home series against Australia, India's final dress rehearsal for the World Cup, which could signal a slide down the pecking order.

"That is the only reason why we went ahead with DK otherwise Pant was nearly there", he added. Pant is full of talent. It's just unfortunate that he's missed out. "That scored for him", Prasad stated. More importantly, Jadeja brings with him solidarity at the lower end of the batting and not to forget his brilliance on the field. Vijay Shankar is three dimensional.

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"After the Champions Trophy, we have tried quite a few middle-order batsmen, which also included Karthik, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey".

"We are more or less sorted", Kohli said. His ability to bowl in the Overcast conditions and good fielding also worked.

Virak Kohli will captain the side, and the 15-man squad also includes ex-skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul.

England, ranked No.1 on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team rankings, have been widely touted as favourites for the mega-event.

India will begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5.

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