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Rahane, Pant and Shankar in contention for WC: MSK Prasad


The World Cup is fast-approaching and the Indian team management is already trying out various possibilities by giving chances to the deserved players ahead of the mega event. It’s up to the players to make use of the chances to good effect.

Rahane, Pant and Shankar in contention for WC: MSK Prasad
Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane

India’s chairman of selectors MSK Prasad opened up that both Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant are in contention list for the next 2019 World Cup.

According to Prasad, Pant’s progress has been quite sensational in the last year across all the formats of the game.

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All that Pant needs is the experience. When he is given more chances then he is bound to make his presence count on the pitch. On seeing Pant’s progress, the management included him in India A series.

“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 as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

MSK Prasad on Ajinkya Rahane

The chief selector also had some words in place for Rahane. He said that the middle order batsman has displayed some fine run of form in domestic cricket, and is certainly an option for the upcoming event, going by the words of MSK Prasad.

“In domestic cricket, he has been in form,” Prasad said. “He is very much in contention for the World Cup,” he said.

Rahane might have been in and out of the team due to a dip in form but he has been devastatingly impressive and consistent in List A cricket, having managed to score 597 runs in just 11 innings at a staggering average of 74.62.

MSK Prasad on Vijay Shankar

Last but not least, Prasad also spoke highly of the right-hand batsman Vijay Shankar. “In whatever opportunities he has got, Vijay Shankar has shown the skillsets required at this level.

We have been grooming him through India A tours in the last two years. But we will have to see where he can fit in the dynamics of this team,” Prasad said.

The 2019 cricket World cup is scheduled to be held from May 30 to July 14 in England.

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