ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Karthik Over Pant Debate Heating Up.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Karthik Over Pant Debate Heating Up. Ex Cricketers Surprised Not to See Rishab Pant’s Name In Squad.

Cricket is followed like a religion in India. In the nation of over 1 billion people, anybody related to Team India has to carry the load expectations from fans. Indian fans are considered an expert in their own right. Recently the Indian selection panel went through a very important decision. They announced Indian Squad for The ICC Cricket World Cup. There were few spots to be grabbed with some close competition.

On 15th of April when the team was announced it surprised people as it excluded the names of two cricketers Rishab Pant and Ambati Raydu. The exclusion of young Delhi Dasher hasn’t gone down well with lots of people. It even left surprised ex-cricketers like  Saurav Ganguly, Virendra Sehwag, Sanjay Manjrekar, Sunil Gavaskar and many others. Selectors picked Dinesh Karthik over Rishab Pant. Before getting into what went in favor of Karthik and went wrong for Pant let’s check their stats.

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Dinesh Karthik’s Stats

The Tamilnadu cricketer who debuted in international cricket even before Dhoni has been in and out of the team. He made his debut in 2004, not in test and ODI. Pant has a better strike rate in both test and ODI in comparison to Karthik.

Test Record

Match   Innings   Runs   Average

26           42           1025     25

ODI Record

Match   Innings   Runs   Average

91           77           1738     31.04

T-20 Record

Match   Innings   Runs   Average

32           26            399     33.25

Rishab Pant’s Stats

Rishab Pant the dynamic Delhi batsman, made his debut in ODI & Test in the year 2018. He is seen as a game changer for the X factor he brings and has already scored two overseas test centuries. He has a better strike rate in both test and ODIs.

Test Record

Match   Innings   Runs   Average

9              15            696       49.71

ODI Record

Match   Innings   Runs   Average

5              4             93        23.25

T-20 Record

Match   Innings   Runs    Average

15             14          233        19.42

 

Karthik Over Pant Selection Analysis

Soon after selecting Karthik over Pant, chief selector MSK Prasad said we have given value to Karthik experience over Pant. The reserve wicketkeeper will only feature in playing eleven if MSD is not fit. For that they needed someone with experience, he added that wicket keeping is also very important in a mega event like this. This statement of his is contradictory, Pant was brought to the test team while Karthik was struggling in English Conditions during India’s tour of England. Pant is a regular in test cricket and doing good as well. If his skills are not considered up to the mark than why we are playing in test cricket.

Karthik has been given a decent run, however, his only performance to remember in recent past was the one against Bangladesh in Asia Cup Final after that it went down the hill. Selectors trusting Karthik’s ability to play in crunch situation, however, not forget he was the one who messed up the final over against New Zealand driving the chase as he denied an in-form Krunal Pandya the strike. India ended losing the match. Pant, on the other hand, got limited opportunities in ODIs get to play only 5 ODIs, however, the way he got himself out must have made selectors feel that he needed some more time. Though he is a kind of player who on his day can turn the match on his own.

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