Disappointed but moving on, Rishabh Pant’s reaction after World Cup snub
"I was disappointed."
Updated - Apr 27, 2019 7:23 pm
A lot of opinions have been thrown at the selection of Dinesh Karthik over Rishabh Pant in India’s World Cup squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019. The 33-year-old was incorporated as the backup wicketkeeper of the Men In Blue brigade that flies out to England next month. Amidst all the hullabaloo regarding this topic, the 21-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has revealed his reaction to his non-selection.
The newly appointed wicketkeeper for India in Tests, who has two centuries and also two nineties to his name in the longest format, will not be flying to England for the upcoming World event. There were speculations that Pant has a great chance to be a part of the squad but was eventually left out for the more experienced Dinesh Karthik. While the world event hosted by England and Wales will start on 30th May, India will start its World Cup campaign on June 5 against South Africa in Southampton.
Coming back to the case of Rishabh Pant, it’s clear that the World Cup selection has opened doors for the criticisms of both Karthik and Pant. While some backed the experienced DK, the others backed the talent that the youngster Pant is. The duo only recently upped their IPL performance this season. The KKR captain scored an unbeaten 97*, while Pant’s 78 n.o. helped Delhi Capitals jump up to the top position of the IPL points table.
Rishabh Pant is trying to improve his game
According to India Today, Pant was quoted saying: “I was disappointed. Obviously, because every player dreams of representing India and playing a World Cup for the country is even more special. I was disappointed but as a cricketer and as a professional, I know that there’s no point in being disappointed. And I try to move on. I am focused on performing in the opportunities that I get. That’s about it.”
“World Cup selection, as I said, was disappointing. But if I keep thinking about it and don’t try to improve and move on, it makes things more difficult for me. Well, I am seeing the positive side and I am looking at what can be done now. I have a few IPL matches remaining. I am looking to perform in those matches. Only if you perform well, as a person, you can be confident,” the 21-year-old Uttarakhand-born cricketer added.