MSK Prasad reveals why he picked DK over Pant
Team India announced the squad for ICC World Cup 2019 tournament which did have some couple of surprises in selective positions. After rounds of discussion, the selectors, without doubts, went in for experience while listing their 15-member squad.
When the fans expected young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant to be a part of the marquee event given the attacking batsman that he really is, he was omitted from the squad.
The experienced campaigner Dinesh Karthik was chosen as the reserve wicketkeeper behind MS Dhoni, with chief selector MSK Prasad highlighting that Karthik is the better keeper batsman as he has the capability to win games in the past especially in white-ball cricket.
“Definitely it’s a case where we debated at length. We went ahead with Karthik because of his experience in big matches,” Prasad was quoted as saying by AFP.
DK can bat well under pressure: MSK Prasad
MSK Prasad said that Dinesh Karthik can bat well under pressure and has shown his potential in the death overs of the game. On the contrary, Prasad didn’t regret missing out on Pant as he said that Pant has a lot of time left in him to unleash his potential.
“We have seen Karthik finishing matches under pressure. Pant is full of talent, there’s a lot of time for him and it’s just unfortunate that he has missed out.
“In an important game, wicketkeeping is also important. Karthik will only play in case of an injury to Dhoni,” Prasad said.
India squad for WC 2019:
Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami