Rishabh Pant reveals his feeling following exclusion from World Cup squad
On 15th April, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the 15-member squad for the upcoming World Cup which is to be held in England and Wales. They surprised everyone by excluding Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant in the squad. Instead of them, they included experienced Dinesh Karthik and Vijay Shankar. However, both Rayudu and Pant are in the standby squad for this tournament.
While few wanted Dinesh Karthik in the squad because of his experience, many cricket experts wanted to see the young Pant in the squad. Recently, the wicket-keeper batsman expressed his feeling for missing out the World Cup opportunity.
“I was disappointed. Obviously, because every player dreams of representing India and playing a World Cup for the country is even more special. I was disappointed but as a cricketer and as a professional, I know that there’s no point in being disappointed. And I try to move on. I am focused on performing in the opportunities that I get. That’s about it,” Pant said.
“World Cup selection, as I said, was disappointing. But if I keep thinking about it and don’t try to improve and move on, it makes things more difficult for me. Well, I am seeing the positive side and I am looking at what can be done now. I have a few IPL matches remaining. I am looking to perform in those matches. Only if you perform well, as a person, you can be confident,” he further added.
Pant is currently playing for Delhi Capitals in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season. So far, the left-hander has scored 336 runs from 11 innings at an average of 37.33, including two half-centuries.
“If people are criticising me, I tell them to come forward and help me. A lot of people have directly told me where I needed to improve. I have taken most of their suggestions. However, as a player, I don’t try to focus on what people are saying from the outside. I have trust in my game,” Pant concluded.