'Three-dimensional' Vijay Shankar excited for his maiden World Cup campaign
17 April, 2019, 12:58 | Author: Brenda Erickson
Pant, who made a late claim for his inclusion in the squad, missed out after Dinesh Karthik was chosen as the backup keeper while Ambati Rayudu, who was a regular in the ODI squad until a year ago also did not make it to the squad.
Interestingly, the selectors made a decision to drop Ambati Rayudu, who was, until a couple of months ago, was India's first-choice "number 4" batsman.
Karthik's form has been indifferent in recent games, but selectors valued his performance under pressure over the years.
'It was definitely a case where we debated in length. "We went ahead with Karthik because of his experience in big matches", Prasad was quoted as saying while he announced the squad.
Addressing Vijay Shankar as a batsman who can bowl, MSK Prasad said, "We are looking at him at number 4 and we are also looking at Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav - so we have plenty of options at number 4 at the moment".
"Pant is full of talent, he has time on his hands". We all were in unison that either pant or DK will come in only when Mahi is injured.
"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".
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At the end of the ODI series against Australia, India captain Virat Kohli said that "just one spot" is up for grabs in the World Cup squad.
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Shankar's "three-dimensional qualities" worked in his favour when pitted against Ambati Rayudu who has been struggling recently.
All-rounder Kedar Jadhav could also come in handy in such conditions with his part-time off spin.
Karthik has also been picked for his ability to fill the troublesome number four slot in the batting order which has seen a number of auditions held in ODIs this year and last. Bumrah, Shami and Pandya are expected to do the bulk of the bowling.
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