World Cup 2019: Heart goes out to players who have missed out, says Ravi Shastri

first_imgIt has been exactly a month since BCCI announced the India squad for World Cup 2019 and since then the team selection has been a hot topic of discussion because of the notable omissions in the 15-member squad.The national selectors sprung up a surprise by leaving out young wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant. Instead, Dinesh Karthik was named as the second choice wicketkeeping option after MS Dhoni.Ambati Rayudu also failed to make it to the squad as Vijay Shankar pipped the 33-year-old because of his ”three-dimensional” qualities.India head coach Ravi Shastri admitted that a couple of capable players were left out of the World Cup-bound squad and empathised with those who couldn’t fetch the seat.”We can very well imagine there’s more than an opinion in place that some capable guys have missed out. Heart goes out to them,” Ravi Shastri told the Times of India.”Picking 15 from an immensely talented pool is never easy. I’d say to these guys: Keep going the way you have. Be prepared, in case there’s an unforeseen requirement that pops up. But, what the selectors have zeroed in on: I’ll say, it’s the best combination that’s been put in place after factoring in all aspects.”Several former players had put their weight behind Rishabh Pant after the 21-year-old wasn’t named in the World Cup team.Former India captain Sourav Ganguly had recently said, “India will miss Pant in the World Cup. I don’t know in whose place but he will be missed.”However, speaking beside Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli explained that Dinesh Karthik was picked up for the World Cup because of the experience he carries under his belt.advertisement”In pressure situations, he’s shown composure. It was something that everybody on board was convinced about.””He has the experience. If, god forbid, something happens to MS (Dhoni), Karthik can be immensely valuable behind the wickets. As a finisher, he’s done well.”So, it was the overall exposure to a tournament of this magnitude that was taken into primary consideration.”The World Cup teams can change players until May 23 for the World Cup 2019 without the permission of the ICC. The World Cup starts on May 30 and India will start off their campaign against against South Africa on June 5.Also Read | When MS Dhoni suggested a Rs 10,000 fine, no one was ever late again for team meetingsAlso Read | Arjun Tendulkar shines with all-round show in T20 Mumbai League openerAlso Seelast_img

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