Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar and Ajinkya Rahane in competition for World Cup berth, says MSK Prasad


Rishabh Pant scored four, 40 and 28 within the three T20Is in opposition to New Zealand. (Supply: AP)

India’s chairman of selectors MSK Prasad has mentioned Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar and Ajinkya Rahane are all in competition to seal a spot within the ICC World Cup 2019 squad. He mentioned barring the “one odd” place, the 15-man squad has been zeroed in by the selectors. Pant has been labelled as a “wholesome headache”, whereas Vijay, a batting allrounder, has introduced in a brand new dimension to the choice along with his efficiency in New Zealand.

“Undoubtedly he (Pant) is in competition,” Prasad mentioned in an interview to ESPNCricinfo. “A wholesome headache. The development of Rishabh within the final one yr is phenomenal throughout the codecs. What we really felt is he wants a little bit of maturity now, acquire extra expertise. That’s purpose we have now included him in India A collection wherever potential.”

Pant has performed solely three ODIs to this point in a younger profession – all in opposition to West Indies in 2018 – however his spectacular type in Check cricket and for India A within the yr passed by has acquired a optimistic appraisal from the selectors. Prasad admitted that his opinion of Pant has now modified. The left-hander is now being seen as somebody who’s displaying maturity on the highest stage and dedication to the group’s trigger.

Alongside Dinesh Karthik, Pant was earlier seen because the back-up wicketkeeper for MS Dhoni. Nonetheless, with Karthik having settled down within the decrease order up to now 12 months, the selectors are actually trying if Pant will be included as a specialist batsman.

The place within the aspect might have opened up as a result of drop in type of KL Rahul. Because the South Africa tour final yr, KL Rahul has performed simply three ODIs – all in opposition to England – and was not too long ago suspended for his feedback and look on ‘Koffee with Karan’. The suspension was lifted with KL Rahul taking part in for India A in opposition to England Lions. He scored 13, 42, zero and 89 within the 4 innings. Prasad identified that KL Rahul stays in competition to make the India squad however wants to select up type.

In distinction, Shankar has now come into consideration with a promising show in the course of the T20Is in New Zealand, the place he was requested to bat at No. three in Virat Kohli’s absence. After India misplaced the third T20I and the collection in Hamilton, the Tamil Nadu allrounder mentioned he was “stunned” to bat at No. three, the place he made a 28-ball 43.

Prasad agreed that Vijay could be the fourth allrounder within the pool of 20 gamers the selectors have drawn as much as then additional cull the squad to ultimate 15. “In no matter alternatives he has obtained, Vijay Shankar has proven the skillsets required at this stage. We now have been grooming him via India A excursions within the final two years. However we should see the place he can match within the dynamics of this group.”

Till England tour final yr, KL Rahul was being thought of because the third opener. With him struggling for type, Rahane is as soon as once more being thought of an possibility. Though he has not performed in ODIs since final yr’s South Africa tour, Rahane has been constant in Listing A cricket: 597 runs in 11 innings at a mean of 74.62 with two huge tons of and three fifties. Two of these fifties got here for India A within the unofficial ODI collection in opposition to England Lions final month. “In home cricket he has been in type,” Prasad mentioned. “He’s very a lot in competition for the World Cup.”

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