Rishabh Pant is not part of India's one-day international team for Australia and later series against New Zealand, but chief selector MSK Prasad insisted on the wicketkeeper that it was part of the World Cup plan. The 21-year-old Pant has played only three ODIs for 41 runs and lost to Dinesh Karthik for the second keeper's slot. MS Dhoni remains the guardian of the first choice, but Prasad explained that Pant is also in this race.
"There is no doubt that (Pant) is one of those wicketkeepers (for the World Cup). The three shortlisted keepers are doing well. He is definitely part of our World Cup plans. Prasad told INDIA TODAY, & # 39; We are following the workload management we are following.
Pant was the second highest run-getter in the four-Test series against Australia, where he scored an unbeaten 159 in Sydney and scored 350 runs. He will now be part of India A team to play five one-dayers against England Lions.
"He is the only wicket-keeper to make a century in England and Australia. We have given him some goals. We have set it up to finish the match. The Sydney Test match (where he scored 159 runs in 189 balls) will be a turning point for his career.
"You have seen how many players are resting these days, this child has played T20 and four high-intensity tests, the body also wears one and tears, he is facing some problems, he is recovering I am sure he will come back very strong. "
The first of three ODIs against Australia took place on 12 January in Sydney. India will then play five one-day matches in New Zealand.
First published: January 8, 2019, 8:25 PM IST