Team India has certainly turned into a force to be reckoned with, especially with the kind of flair and bench strength they’ve got in their armory when it comes to the limited overs format. In the ODI series versus Australia and New Zealand, the India squad missed out on the services of Rishabh Pant after chief selector MSK Prasad decided to give the batsman a rest, with Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni back in the mix.
However, quite a few fans and cricket experts have suggested that Rishabh Pant will have an important say in the world cup, so his inclusion in the team is a must irrespective of Karthik and Dhoni’s presence.
MSK Prasad had earlier stated that Rishabh Pant is well and truly in his plans, and has termed his rise in international cricket as a “healthy headache.”
Not so long ago the 21 year old wicket keeper batsman from Delhi was adjourned as the “Emerging Player of the Year,” by the ICC after an impressive run in Test match cricket for the nation which saw him score two big hundreds against England and Australia at their very own turf, along with a couple of nineties against Windies.
“Undoubtedly he (Pant) is in contention. A healthy headache. The progression of Rishabh in the last one year is phenomenal across the formats. What we actually felt is he needs a bit of maturity now, gain more experience. That is the reason we have included him in India A series wherever possible,” Prasad was quoted saying.
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