A Bit Surprised at Pant's World Cup Exclusion - Sunil Gavaskar

Taking Current Form into Consideration, a Bit Surprised at Pant’s Exclusion – Sunil Gavaskar

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Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar is a bit surprised at the omission of Rishabh Pant from India’s World Cup squad, which was announced yesterday by BCCI. Gavaskar believes it was a bit hard on the rookie batsman to miss out on the call as he was showing good form with the bat. However, Pant had not yet grabbed his chance in the white ball format.

Furthermore, former England skipper Michael Vaughan also believes India was absolute “Bonkers” to leave Rishabh Pant out of the World Cup squad. The England pitches have been “flat” in the last four years and there is not going to be a lot of swing in the English conditions for the white ball. Moreover, Rishabh Pant had a successful Test series as he had scored a majestic hundred in the final Test match against England.

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Pant was left out due to wicketkeeping skills – MSK Prasad.

“[I am] a bit surprised looking at his [Pant’s] form,” Gavaskar told India Today.

“He was batting exceptionally well, not only in the IPL but even before that. He was showing great improvement in his wicket-keeping as well. He brings that left-handed option in the top-six, which is very handy against the bowlers. The bowlers have to change their line [for a left-hander] and the captains have to make a lot of field arrangements.”

On the other hand, Dinesh Karthik was given a nod ahead of Rishabh Pant. In fact, Karthik is not in the best of forms in the ongoing Indian Premier League. Karthik has scored only 111 runs for the Kolkata Knight Riders whereas Pant has thus far amassed 245 runs for Delhi Capitals.

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Karthik was given a nod for his experience.

However, Karthik was given the green signal because of his experience and a calm head in the crunch situations. Moreover, Karthik has provided the finishing touches to India National Cricket Team in the last two years.

“On a morning when say MSD [Mahendra Singh Dhoni] has the flu and can’t play, you want somebody who is a better wicket-keeper. I think Karthik’s wicket-keeping skills, more than anything, won him this place,” Gavaskar said.

On the other hand, Vijay Shankar was also added to India’s World Cup squad. Shankar has shown good batting technique and he is going to be handy with the ball. Furthermore, Shankar is a good fielder, which worked in his favour.


“He is a cricketer who has improved over the last one year,” the batting great said.

“He has grown in confidence. Shankar is a useful cricketer. He is a very good batsman, handy bowler, and an outstanding fielder.”

Meanwhile, India has picked some surprises in their World Cup squad. However, Ambati Rayudu was unfortunate to miss out in the squad despite performing decently for the side. In fact, Rayudu’s current form came back to haunt him when selectors sat down to pick the squad.

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