Did selectors make a blunder by ignoring Pant?

MUMBAI: Rishabh Pant's non-inclusion within the 15-member squad for the approaching World Cup has given the feeling that the Indian cricket board, its senior selectors and all those concerned within the selection, have taken one step ahead and two steps back.


In ignoring 21-year-old Pant, BCCI hasn't just denied a young ability of an opportunity he deserved however has also opted to eliminate the one batsman who can have equipped the staff with a pinch-hitting option anywhere within the batting order.

TOI can ascertain that a majority of the selectors wanted Pant within the staff. In no longer choosing the teenager, India's World Cup marketing campaign has put itself up for questioning, must the No. four conundrum harm them.

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The selection meeting went on for just about 90 mins and for all of the first part of the meeting, there gave the impression unanimity over Pant, until "one individual thought otherwise", say sources aware about the meeting. "He had strong support from a senior team member and then the line of discussion began to change."

Whose resolution was it not to make a choice Pant? Nobody within the BCCI is answering the query at this time. Certain contributors of the staff control had wanted Pant within the staff for the following causes: A) Pant was anticipated to fill India's No. four slot and cushion the lower middle-order with some aggressive run making. B) Should both of the openers, particularly Shikhar Dhawan, suffer an injury or dip in shape, Pant was noticed as an option who may give you the staff with the aggression. C) Regardless of MS Dhoni's presence, Pant was anticipated to play within the 11 as a batsman. D) Pant is obviously the cricketer of the next day, dropped at the cost of others who have wasted a couple of opportunities over time.

The selectors erred on all three counts and as an alternative decided to go forward with the following choices: A) Dinesh Karthik - who has 91 fits to turn in 15 years of One-day cricket and just 1738 runs at an average of 31; B) KL Rahul - who suffered a horrible 2018 in spite of sufficient opportunities; C) Vijay Shankar - who has played just four extra One-dayers than Pant, and one who obviously doesn't put India's No. four quandary to leisure.

Incidentally, skipper Kohli too was 21 years of age when former India leader selector Dilip Vengsarkar decided to blood him along side a mythical staff that walked away with the 2011 trophy. "The irony is, now you put all the selectors together and they collectively don't match the stature of Dilip. You see the existing quality in the thought-processes?" say those within the staff control who anticipated Pant's name to be learn out on Monday.

Interestingly, the BCCI had integrated Pant in its record of Grade 'A' shrunk avid gamers just recently. "And now, within weeks, they've demoralized a 21-year-old," sources stated.

While cricket priorities have clearly been unnoticed, the bigger query facing the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) is that if there was any "outside influence" that stored Pant out. "At some point in time, this question will come up. Whose decision was it to not select Pant? It's a question that every single individual who had a role to play on April 15 (when team was selected) will have to answer. This is not ending anytime soon," sources stated.

From Sourav Ganguly to Virender Sehwag, Ricky Ponting and extra, a number of former legends had opined that Pant must make it to the World Cup staff. In fact, Ponting even stated that Pant must bat at No.four.

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