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Gavaskar surprised as Pant fails to make it to squad
New Delhi: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar was surprised as young stumper Rishabh Pant was not included in India’s 15-member World Cup squad.
Dinesh Karthik pipped Pant in the fight for the second wicketkeeper’s slot for the showpiece event. Gavaskar however, also said that Karthik is a better wicketkeeper.
“A bit surprised, looking at his (Pant’s) form. He was batting exceptionally well, not only in the IPL but before that also. He was showing great improvement his wicket-keeping as well. He brings that left-handed option in the top-six which is very handy against the bowlers,” Gavaskar was quoted as saying by India Today.
“The bowlers have to change their line (for a left-hander) and the captains have to do a lot of field arrangements,” he opined.
He added that Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar will be a valuable asset for the team. (IANS)