BCCI announces the 15-man squad, Rishabh Pant not included

ICC World Cup: Indian squad to be announced today

Pant, who made a late claim for his inclusion in the squad, missed out after Dinesh Karthik was chosen as the backup keeper while Ambati Rayudu, who was a regular in the ODI squad until past year also did not make it to the squad. Vijay Shankar is the new addition to the squad as an all-rounder along with Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Kedar Jadhav.

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Kohli wants a No. 4 batsman with both the skill and temperament to inject momentum into the innings, especially if India are setting a target. The deadline to announce the squad for the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 is April 23, as set by the ICC.

He also commented on KL Rahul's inclusion.

Though it is unlikely that Kohli will be at the presser to answer the questions that will be posed by media.

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The direct beneficiaries in place of the left out duo are Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik.

Indian batting great Sunil Gavaskar said Pant could have been an exciting option but backed the selectors.

Many Indian cricket fans, former cricketers and pundits are surprised by Pant's exclusion but it is the right decision if we consider the following reasons.

Though the names of the four fast bowlers who will travel to England were not named, India's chairman of selectors MSK Prasad gave strong indications that two among them are Khaleel Ahmed and Navdeep Saini. Prasad made it clear that the second wicketkeeper was only a back-up to Dhoni, but Karthik could also be in contention for a middle order spot if his state-mate doesn't get going immediately. In an important game, wicket-keeping is also important. India last lifted the World Cup in 2011 at home and was beaten in the semifinals in 2015 against Australia. This allowed the match to slip away from India, resulting in loses. The selectors said that wicket keeping is an important component and in an extreme case where either Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Kartik are to be included in the playing 11 in absence of MS Dhoni, we would like Dinesh Kartik to play. The 50-over World Cup is scheduled to start in England on May 30. He tweeted as, "Best Wishes to Team India.#CWC19". He'll have a trial by fire, for India's first four opponents are South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan. The list here is not surprising - since many of these players have been regulars at some of the recent matches that India has played.

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