Rishabh Pant could not make it to India’s squad for the ODI series against Australia and New Zealand.
Moments before departing to Australia with Team India for the ongoing series, head coach Ravi Shastri had pointed out that the team is more than unlikely to experiment anymore with the ODI squad ahead of the World Cup. He had said that chopping and changing was done for the time being.
“In ODIs… Chopping, changing over now. We’ll play a 15-member squad in Australia that will be close to the one that goes to the World Cup,” Shastri had told the media.
And it looks like Rishabh Pant’s dreams of playing his first-ever World Cup is over now. India, on Monday, dropped the youngster for the upcoming series against Australia and New Zealand. India named MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik as the two wicketkeepers in the squad.
Pant had made his ODI debut during India’s last ODI assignment which was the five-match series against Windies at home. Pant had managed to get just two games where he scored only 41 runs. The signs are pretty clear now that Pant does not feature prominently in India’s plan for the World Cup in England next summer. With just a handful of games left before the World Cup, dropping Pant for two crucial series makes it pretty clear that he is unlikely to play in the showpiece event next year.
The squad also makes it clear that MS Dhoni will play the tournament despite his recent batting woes. The veteran batsman was recently dropped for the T20I series against Windies and Australia. However, he has been recalled for the series against New Zealand. Pant has also made it to the T20I squad for the series.
Coming to the World Cup, England will take on South Africa in the opener on May 30, 2019, at The Oval in London. The tournament will last for 45 days with 48 matches to be played. India will start their campaign against the Proteas on June 5. The format for the 2019 edition will see 10 best teams in the world going head-to-head in a round-robin format. The tournament will culminate with the fifth final at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground on July 14.