Dilip Vengsarkar Rues as Rishabh Pant Misses ICC World Cup 2019 Berth for India
Former Team India captain and chairman of national team’s selection committee Dilip Vengsarkar is somewhat irked on seeing young wicketkeeper-batsman being ignored for the mega event. Vengsarkar has played a significant role for India between the 1970s and 1980s respectively. He is disappointed on seeing Rishabh Pant missing the Men in Blue’s ICC World Cup 2019 squad for England.
On April 15, the chief of India’s selection committee MSK Prasad has announced team along with interim secretary Amitabh Chaudhary.
Rishabh Pant misses his ICC World Cup 2019 Spot:
Interestingly, the selectors had left out 21-year-old Pant of the 15-man coveted squad.
Moreover, given to the experience and finishing roles, selectors have reposed faith in senior campaigner Dinesh Karthik.
“Maybe they were looking for experience so went for Karthik, who has been playing for over ten years,” Vengsarkar told Khaleej Times.
Karthik will serve as a back-up wicketkeeper for India at the 2019 World Cup.
In 2008, the Indian cricket veteran Vengsarkar picked Virat Kohli in 2008.
Furthermore, Vengsarkar reiterated it’s unknown what was going through selectors mind on preferring Karthik over Pant.
The 63-year-old Vengsarkar stated he would have named Pant in Team India squad for the World Cup if he happened to be a national team selector.
“If I was a selector today, I would have gone for Rishabh Pant in the World Cup team,” Vengsarkar revealed.
As the debate has become a focal point in India’s cricketing landscape, Vengsarkar remarked that he expected to see Pant making it to the World Cup squad.
Known for audacious batting, Pant has impressed many on English and series Down Under Tour in the Test setup. He also has a Test hundred to his name in England before slamming a fine hundred on Australian soil.
“Pant is very talented, I was expecting him in the squad. He is young and he is an in-form batsman. He should have been in the team,” Vengsarkar said.
However, Vengsarkar holds a different perception of Ambati Rayudu’s non-selection.
The legendary cricketer stated, the middle-order batsman Rayudu had been given plenty of chances to prove his credentials. But he couldn’t live up to the expectations.
“Look he was given enough chances, he is 33 and has been inconsistent, so he missed the bus,” Vengsarkar further added.
Dilip Vengsarkar picks India among four semi-finalists at the ICC World Cup 2019:
Vengsarkar feels India is in good stead overall while considering the team on the paper. He added it’s a balanced squad for the multi-nation tournament.
He has urged players to acclimatise the conditions at the earliest.
“Three good seamers, three quality spinners and two all-rounders make it a strong attack. “We will have to wait and watch how they play in those conditions. Of course, they know what is expected of them. And they have been playing well throughout the year,” Vengsarkar stated.
Moreover, Vengsarkar believes India are the favourites for the mega ICC event.
Apart from the Men in Blue, Vengsarkar has picked England, Australia and the Windies as other three semifinalists for the twelfth edition of the World Cup.
The ODI showpiece will commence on May 30, and the iconic Lord’s will host the grand finale on July 14.
Besides, India will proceed their World Cup campaign on June 5 against South Africa at Southampton.
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