ICC World Cup 2019: Dilip Vengsarkar added that the selectors must have considered experience and hence gave Dinesh Karthik the nod over Rishabh Pant. With MS Dhoni as the undisputed first-choice wicketkeeper of the side, the selectors preferred Dinesh Karthik, 33, in their 15-man squad over Rishabh Pant.
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Indian World Cup Squad was announced with couple of selections going on to become major talking points. One of them was Dinesh Karthik’s inclusion as the second wicketkeeper ahead of young sensation Rishabh Pant. It was unfortunate that Rishab Pant was missed out, amply clear out by chief selector MSK Prasad. The decision was taken keeping in mind Dinesh Karthik’s experience.
MS Dhoni will be India’s designated first-choice wicketkeeper in England and Wales with MSK Prasad making it clear that the 33-year-old Karthik will only play if Dhoni gets injured during the World Cup 2019.This is only the second time that he has made it to the 15-man squad for the World Cup, the first time being in 2007.
Karthik made his one-day international debut in 2004 and has played 91 matches for India in the format, compared with left-handed batsman Pant who has played just five after making his 50-over debut last October
Former Indian cricket team chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar “If I was a selector today, I would have gone for Rishabh Pant in the World Cup team. Pant is very talented, I was expecting him in the squad,” Vengarkar told Khaleej Times while adding, “he is young and he is an in-form batsman. He should have been in the team. Maybe they were looking for experience so went for Karthik, who has been playing for over ten years.”