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Virat Kohli explains why India preferred Dinesh Karthik over Rishabh Pant

India preferred Dinesh Karthik over Rishabh Pant for the 2019 ODI World Cup because of the former's composure under pressure, captain Virat Kohli has revealed in an interview.

The selection of Karthik in the 15-member squad was sharply criticised by some former cricketers who felt Pant was hard done.

Pant scored 488 runs from 16 matches in the recently-concluded season of Indian Premier League, while Karthik made 253 runs from 14 games.

"In pressure situations, he (Karthik) has shown composure. It was something that everybody on board was convinced about. He has the experience," Kohli told the Times of India.

"If, god forbid, something happens to MS (Dhoni), Karthik can be immensely valuable behind the wickets. As a finisher, he's done well.

"So, it was the overall exposure to a tournament of this magnitude that was taken into primary consideration."

Since making his debut in 2004, Karthik has played 91 ODIs while Pant has played in five.