Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Rahul, Pant await World Cup fate

Rahul, Pant await World Cup fate

"We went ahead with Karthik because of his experience in big matches", he added.

India captain Kohli's pre-IPL statement that the cash-rich league will have no effect on the selections proved to be prophetic as Pant's 245 runs in the T20 showpiece fell short of Karthik's 111 runs.

England captain Eoin Morgan feels Pakistan are one of the strongest contenders for the upcoming ICC Men s Cricket World Cup 2019 that starts on 30 May.

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.

While skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, M.S. Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah were automatic picks, there were three main areas of concern that the selectors needed to take a call on.

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"It is definitely a case which we have debated at length. 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.

The #4 slot in the squad is now open and the team can either opt to field an extra all-rounder like Vijay Shankar or play KL Rahul.

"After the Champions Trophy, we have tried quite a few middle-order batsmen, which also included Karthik, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey. But let me tell you that in the last month or so, there have been a couple of players who have really cropped up like Vijay Shankar", he said. We did give a few more chances to Rayudu but Vijay Shankar gives three dimensions.

The selection committee has opted to go with KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik as the batsmen alongside Kohli, Dhawan, Rohit, Kedar and MS Dhoni. "We are looking at him as number four". The squad also consists of two wrist spinners - Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. They will bowl in the nets and also stay as a standby should there be an injury.

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