BCCI announces the 15-man squad, Rishabh Pant not included

  • BCCI announces the 15-man squad, Rishabh Pant not included

BCCI announces the 15-man squad, Rishabh Pant not included

There were no surprises as the MSK Prasad-headed selection committee maintained continuity in their choices with the only topic of discussion being the second wicketkeeper.

Indian selectors will announce the team for the World Cup on Monday.

Karthik has eclipsed Pant to the second wicket-keeper's spot.

'It was definitely a case where we debated in length. "That has gone in his favour ahead of @RishabPant777".

The Tamil Nadu all-rounder came into the picture as a replacement for Hardik Pandya but has impressed the team management as well as the selectors with his ability to play a levelheaded knock and how he managed to change the gears when it mattered. 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. We are looking at Vijay Shankar as a No. 4. KL Rahul joins in as the back-up opener.

As reported by PTI earlier, Prasad confirmed that Shankar is being seen as a potential number four candidate along with Rahul and Kedar Jadhav.

Commenting on Shankar's inclusion, the chief selector said that the BCCI had tried playing a few players after the Champions Trophy including Ambati Rayudu, but what Shankar brings is three-dimensional. The squad also consists of two wrist spinners - Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.

"We are more or less sorted", Kohli said.

With Hardik Pandya and Shankar to perform the duties of a combined fourth pacer, there was no place for an additional specialist speedster in the line-up.

Meanwhile, Prasad also revealed that left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed's name was also discussed during the selection meeting.

It is expected that both the young fast bowlers will be travelling with the team to England as back-up, who could be drafted in if anyone from the pace troika of Bumrah, Shami and Bhuvneshwar get injured.