India made the wrong choice by leaving Rishabh Pant out of World Cup squad: Ricky Ponting

first_img commentary Match Ended India made the wrong choice by leaving Rishabh Pant out of World Cup squad: Ricky PontingIPL 2019: Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting reiterated that Rishabh Pant has the potential to represent India in up to four World Cups. The batting great heaped rich praise on Pant after the wicketkeeper-batsman smashed a match-winning 78 against Rajasthan Royals on Monday. Akshay Ramesh JaipurApril 23, 2019UPDATED: April 23, 2019 10:39 IST Rishabh Pant scored 78 from 36 balls to led Delhi to a 6-wicket win over Rajasthan (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant was named the Man of the Match in DC’s 6-wicket win over RR on MondayPant smashed an unbeaten 78, including four sixes, as DC gunned down a 192-run target with easePant conceded that World Cup selection was playing in his mind after returning to form on MondayBatting great and head coach of Delhi Capitals, Ricky Ponting said on Monday that Team India have erred by not picking Rishabh Pant in the 15-man squad for 2019 World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.Reiterating that Pant was disappointed after being left out of the World Cup squad, Ponting said the Delhi Capitals star batsman would have been “absolutely devastating” in English conditions at the quadrennial cricketing spectacle.Ricky Ponting’s comments came after Rishabh Pant smashed a match-winning 78 not out in just 36 balls in Jaipur against Rajasthan Royals to help Delhi Capitals seal the top spot in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 points table and inch closer to the playoffs.Pant has played less than 30 international matches for India across the three formats but the young Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman has achieved considerable success at the highest level. Pant’s big-hitting ability makes him an X-factor for whichever team he plays for. The 21-year-old has been a proven finisher in IPL over the last two seasons.However, Pant was not included in India’s World Cup squad as the selection committee prefered Dinesh Karthik over the Delhi star. Selection committee chairman MSK Prasad conceded Pant was unlucky to have missed out but pointed that Pant has a long career ahead of him at the international level.Speaking to the official broadcasters on Monday, Ricky Ponting said: “I know how disappointed he was to miss out on the World Cup. In my opinion as well, I think India made the wrong choice there. I think he would have been absolutely devastating in English conditions through those middle over against spinners.advertisementHe added: “Would have loved to see what he could have done in the World Cup. As I said at the time he was left out, he’s got the potential to play three or four more World Cups if he keeps himself fit and healthy.””Someone as explosive as Rishabh likes a bit more pace on the ball. And we saw that tonight. Once he gets those sort of wickets he’s lethal. He got a wicket like that in Mumbai and he hit 70-odd off 20-odd balls.”Pant had been a bit inconsistent after he smashed a 27-ball 78 against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on March 24. However, Pant’s return to form has come as a huge boost to Delhi Capitals in the lead up to the business end of the tournament.Delhi Capitals are on the top spot of the IPL 2019 points table with 14 points from 11 matches so far. On Monday, DC gunned down a 192-run target with four balls to spare, thanks to some power hitting from Shikhar Dhawan and Pant.Talking up the role of youngsters, including captain Shreyas Iyer and young Prithvi Shaw in the squad, Ponting said: “There are some awesome young talents. The average age of group is about 25. Guys like Prithvi and Pant and to an extend Shreyas, they are just kids and to a certain degree, they are learning a bit about the game and bit of themselves.”Rishabh himself, he is on a different planet. He is an ultra-talented guy. He is a real competitor and a winner. He loves these conditions. Some really good signs there going forward in the tournament.”Also Read | Delhi Capitals dethrone CSK as No.1 after Pant, Dhawan heroicsAlso Read | World Cup selection played on my mind: Rishabh Pant after destroying RRFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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