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Karthik gets nod ahead of Pant in India's World Cup squad
ICC Cricket World Cup

Karthik gets nod ahead of Pant in India's World Cup squad

Dinesh Karthik was given the second wicketkeeper's slot over Rishabh Pant as India announced their 15-man squad for the World Cup.

Karthik's form has been indifferent recently, but selectors opted for his performance under pressure over the years.

"We went ahead with Karthik because of his experience in big matches. We have seen Karthik finishing matches under pressure," chief selector M.S.K. Prasad told a news conference.

"Pant is full of talent, he has time on his hands. Unfortunately, he missed out."

Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, 37, will be the first-choice wicketkeeper.

Allrounder Vijay Shankar, who made his one-day debut this year, was also named for the tournament which starts in England and Wales on May 30. He is likely to bat at No. 4, which has been a problem for India in the recent times.

India squad

Virat Kohli (capt), 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