Indian National Cricket team have announced their 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup in England and Wales starting from May 30. The selection committee made some surprise inclusions giving a nod to Dinesh Karthik ahead of Rishabh Pant while Ambati Rayudu was a shocking exclusion. All and sundry have stood beside Pant and former Indian fast bowler Karsan Ghavri is the latest addition to echo the same lines.
Rishabh Pant has come up the ranks in a stunning fashion to make his debut in the international circuit. He has represented India in all the formats and was one of the front-runners to be in the plane to England. But MSK Prasad – selection panel head said that they chose Dinesh Karthik because of his superior wicket-keeping skills. Speaking on the entire team, Karsan Ghavri called it a balanced side. However, he feels Pant should have been one among the 15 to travel to England.
The 68-year-old also added that although Karthik might be a better wicket-keeper, Rishabh Pant can win matches single-handed which would have been a massive advantage for the men in blues in the quadrennial tournament.
“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,” Ghavri said.
“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.
Rayudu over Shankar?
Furthermore, Karsan Ghavri also feels that Ambati Rayudu should have got a nod ahead of Vijay Shankar solely because of his experience. But, the former cricketer also praised Shankar calling the Tamil Nadu all-rounder as a utility player. Ghavri also compared this team with that of the 1983 World Cup winning squad saying that this side have four-five quality all-rounder like that team.
“Instead of Vijay Shankar, they should have picked Ambati Rayadu, 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,” Karsan Ghavri concluded.
Meanwhile, this is just the provisional squad, and all teams can change their side as per their discrepancies till May 22 without informing ICC. The Indian National Cricket team will take on South Africa to start their World Cup campaign on June 5 at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground in Southampton.