India will miss Pant in World Cup: Ganguly

The explosive 21-year-old was a notable omission from India’s World Cup-bound squad as the national selectors picked an experienced Dinesh Karthik as the second-choice wicketkeeper.

Delhi Capitals advisor Sourav Ganguly celebrates with Rishabh Pant after winning an IPL match against Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on April 22.   -  AFP

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Monday once again rued that young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant would be sorely missed during the ODI World Cup, commencing on May 30 in the UK.

“India will miss Pant in the World Cup. I don’t know in whose place but he will be missed,” Ganguly told reporters at Eden Gardens.

The explosive 21-year-old was a notable omission from India’s World Cup-bound squad as the national selectors picked an experienced Dinesh Karthik as the second-choice wicketkeeper.

Pant had a stupendous IPL season amassing 488 runs from 16 matches at an average of 37.53 and a strike rate of 162.66.

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With Kedar Jadhav sustaining a shoulder injury during a match between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab, the medical staff is opting a 'wait-and-watch' policy on his availability for India’s World Cup opener against South Africa on June 5.

Asked whether Pant’s name can crop up in case Jadhav fails to get fit, Ganguly said: “He is injured. It’s difficult to say whether he will get fit or not. I hope Kedar gets fit.”

Ganguly is the advisor of Delhi Capitals which just failed to make the final after going down against Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 2.

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Speaking about the loss, Ganguly said, “We played exceptionally well but two other teams made the final. The season just got over, we have not thought about it (the way forward)."

Ganguly rated CSK’s MS Dhoni and Mumbai Indians’ Rohit Sharma as two best captains of the IPL.

“Two best captains of the IPL and one of them won. Everyone will learn under pressure. Both CSK and Mumbai were fantastic teams,” said Ganguly.