The moment Board of Cricket for India (BCCI) announced the members of Indian World Cup squad, social media platforms were set on fire. Board’s decision of selecting Dinesh Karthik over Rishabh Pant created the feud among Twitteratties. The 31-year-old experienced cricketer Dinesh Karthik got the nod over 21-year-old young talent Rishabh Pant despite an average performance in ongoing IPL campaign with his team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
The selector of Indian National Cricket Team MSK Parasad said on justifying his decision of including Karthik over Pant, “the second wicketkeeper comes into play only if Mahi (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) is injured. We went ahead with Karthik because of his experience in big matches”. Though the absence of Rishabh Pant in World Cup squad is one of the glaring exclusion. Currently, both the players are playing for their respective IPL franchises. While Dinesh Karthik is leading his team Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2019, Rishabh Pant is playing for Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals (DC).
The 12th edition of ICC World Cup is going to kick-start from May 30 with the opening match of hosting team England against South Africa at The Oval Stadium, London while India will begin its World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5 at The Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton.
Check out how Twitter was divided between Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik:
The chatter around the World Cup for a while was that Dinesh Karthik's place was safe but you never know till the team is announced. Either way, it was going to be hard on one keeper. The rest of the team is predictable.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 15, 2019
Wasn’t Pant elevated to the top tier of the Central Contracts a few weeks back?? Not a certainty in two of the three formats. 😐🤨
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 15, 2019
— Rohit Sankar (@imRohit_SN) April 15, 2019
We need to stop raising questions on missing out Rishabh Pant , he himself knew he wasn't going to make it in #WorldCup2019 , he has a long way ahead and is definitely going to shine bright in the coming years.
— Mufaddal Motiwala (@mufaddalmm) April 15, 2019
The blue squad will be led by veteran cricketer Virat kohli featuring five specialist batsmen, three fast bowlers, two wicket keepers, three all-rounders and two specialist spinners.