DK beat Pant in the race to become the second wicket-keeper in the Indian team for the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales. India last lifted the World Cup in 2011 at home and was beaten in the semifinals in 2015 against Australia.
"It's definitely a case where we have debated at length, and all of us, in unison, felt that either Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik will only come into the playing XI if M.S. Dhoni is injured". However, it is his ability with the gloves that left the selectors uneasy.
India captain Kohli's pre-IPL statement that the cash-rich league will have no effect on the selections proved to be prophetic as Pant's 245 runs in the T20 showpiece fell short of Karthik's 111 runs.
K.L. Rahul is another option with gloves for India, but he may walk into the team on current form anyway.
Ambati Rayudu was given the longest rope without ever assuring anyone of his suitability for the role.
According to MSK Prasad, Shankar provides the team three-dimensional options (bowling, batting and fielding). The 28-year-old made good use of the opportunity and scored 45 against New Zealand. Shankar did not make his ODI debut for India until January this year. India have tried as many as 11 batsmen in that position since the 2017 Champions Trophy held in England. Middle order will be very interesting to see @klrahul11/@DineshKarthik could be at number 4. It is a move that should work in theory as Rahul is an accomplished top-order batsman.
But while the team is already announced, there is still a chance for India and other teams to alter it with the final date being May 23.
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Virat Kohli will lead the squad while Rohit Sharma has been named his deputy. The ability of Pandya and Shankar to pitch in as medium-pace bowler could go against the pacers. And no fourth seamer.
"In the team, we have the luxury of 7 bowlers". After the deadline, any replacement will have to be approved by the World Cup technical committee.
Pakistan were recently clean-swept 5-0 by Australia in the United Arab Emirates, and questions were raised over the team s preparedness for the upcoming World Cup.
Furthermore, former England skipper Michael Vaughan also believes India was absolute "Bonkers" to leave Rishabh Pant out of the World Cup squad.
The squad that this selection committee has picked more than covers all bases. Though Shankar has appeared in just nine matches scoring 165 runs since then, his mature performances seemed to have impressed the national selectors.
It will be nothing less than a shock if India fails to make it to the semis. The World Cup will be starting on 30 May in United Kingdom.