ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2019
India overlook Pant, Rayudu for World Cup
India name their 15-man squad as they look to repeat World Cup victories in 1983 and 2011
15 April 2019, 07:30 PM AEST
Veteran Dinesh Karthik has pipped young Rishabh Pant to the second wicketkeeper's spot in India's World Cup squad, while allrounder Vijay Shankar also made the cut.
There was not much suspense hanging over chief selector M.S.K Prasad's news conference to announce a 15-member squad led by Virat Kohli, as most of the players picked themselves.
With MS Dhoni the undisputed first-choice wicketkeeper, selectors preferred Karthik's experience to the raw aggression of 21-year-old Pant.
"We felt Rishabh Pant or DK will come into the playing XI only if Mahi (Dhoni) is injured," Prasad told reporters, saying Karthik's superior keeping and reputation as a "finisher" clinched it for the 33-year-old.
"In crunch matches, who can be the best guy who can handle the pressure? For that reason, the decision went in favour of Dinesh Karthik. Otherwise Pant is full of talent, there'll be time for him. It's unfortunate for him that he missed out."
There were also speculation about who India pick as their No.4 batsman and Shankar pipped veteran Ambati Rayudu.
"What Vijay Shankar offers is three dimensional," Prasad said.
"Apart from his batting, he can bowl and he's a fantastic fielder … we are looking at him as number four. We have Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav also, so we have plenty of options at number four right now."
Lokesh Rahul made the squad as a back-up opener, but could also bat at No.4, Prasad said.
The World Cup in England and Wales starts on May 30.
India squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, K.L. Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami
Australia's World Cup fixtures
May 25: (warm-up) England v Australia, Southampton
May 27: (warm-up) Australia v Sri Lanka, Southampton
June 9: India v Australia, The Oval
June 12: Australia v Pakistan, Taunton
June 15: Sri Lanka v Australia, The Oval
June 20: Australia v Bangladesh, Trent Bridge
June 25: England v Australia, Lord's
July 9: Semi-Final 1, Old Trafford
July 11: Semi-Final 2, Edgbaston
July 14: Final, Lord's
For a full list of all World Cup fixtures, click HERE