Rishabh Pant’s non-selection in the World Cup has been a major talking point. Many felt that Pant was hard done by the selectors and the youngster, who is a match-winner should be travelling with the side to England and Wales for the World Cup. Gautam Gambhir, who was one of the major factors behind India’s win in 2011 World Cup feels that Pant failed to perform well in limited-overs cricket and that is why he wasn’t selected for the ICC’s showpiece event.
“Pant has not consistently been part of white-ball cricket. He got his opportunity but unfortunately couldn’t grab it. So, it cannot be termed a setback,” said Gambhir.
“He (Pant) is playing Test cricket. He should be happy about it. And one thing I have tried to maintain is that you have got to stay in the present. You have age on your side, so just keep performing. He was never a part of white ball cricket consistently and it was the selectors’ call between him and DK. He shouldn’t think too much about it.”
“Dinesh was a back-up keeper in white-ball cricket for a long time. Possibly he is being seen as a better keeper compared to Pant as (Chairman of selectors) MSK (Prasad) has said. He has also deemed a better finisher. Probably that’s how they think”, added Gambhir.