Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has once again rued the absence of Rishabh Pant from India’s World Cup squad. The MSK Prasad-led selection panel chose the experienced Dinesh Karthik over Pant as MS Dhoni’s backup for the upcoming event. But since that decision, there has been a widespread debate with quite a number of former players saying that leaving out Pant was a big mistake.
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Pant later further piled pressure with a stupendous show in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The left-handed batsman, who scored a Test century in England and Australia in the last season, amassed 488 runs from 16 matches at an average of 37.53 and with a strike rate of 162.66 for Delhi Capitals. While Prasad had said that Pant missed out on the World Cup selection because of his lack of experience, the youngster showed in the IPL he can deliver under pressure too.
And now Ganguly has once again said that Pant would be sorely missed during the ICC World Cup 2019.
“India will miss Pant at the World Cup. I don’t know in whose place, but he will be missed,” Sourav Ganguly told reporters at Eden Gardens.
Pant, nonetheless, is in the standby list for the World Cup. The hard-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman has a chance of making it to India’s World Cup squad if Kedar Jadhav fails to recover from an injury. Jadhav is currently in a race against against time after sustaining a shoulder injury during the IPL. For the time being, the medical staff has opted a wait and watch policy on his availability.
“He is injured. It’s difficult to say whether he will get fit or not. I hope Kedar gets fit,” said Sourav Ganguly on Jadhav.
The World Cup, meanwhile, will get underway on May 30 with hosts England taking on South Africa in the tournament-opener. India, on the other hand, will open their campaign on June 5 against South Africa.
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