Though Shankar has appeared in just nine matches scoring 165 runs since then, his mature performances seemed to have impressed the national selectors. The young wicketkeeper-batsman was looking set to catch the flight to England after being named in the squad for the series against Australia. India is heading to the World Cup as the 2nd ranked ODI team in the world behind hosts England.
Dinesh Karthik has beaten Rishabh Pant in the race to become the second wicket-keeper in the Indian team for the upcoming World Cup. In an important game wicket keeping is also important. "That's the reason we went with Dinesh Karthik", he said.
"Pant is full of talent". A back injury ahead of the 2018 Asia Cup and subsequent off-field controversy had sidelined him for some time. "That scored for him", Prasad stated.
However, Karthik was given the green signal because of his experience and a calm head in the crunch situations. Karthik, it's worth remembering, is the senior-most member of this squad in terms of experience, having made his worldwide debut three months before Dhoni.
DK beat Pant in the race to become the second wicket-keeper in the Indian team for the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales. He tweeted as, "Best Wishes to Team India.#CWC19".
Rishabh Pant and Ambati rayudu have not managed to make it to the 15-member squad. He's a batsman who can bowl.
Naturally, Prasad had to field the maximum questions on Pant's omission and the explanation was Tamil Nadu stumper's experience.
Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu were among the strong contenders for the selection, but the selectors seem to have had their faith in Karthik and Rahul.
Like the quicker bowlers, India's spin contingent is blessed with variety too as Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Ravindra Jadeja made it to the final 15; Kedar Jadhav's part-time off-breaks are more than useful.
Any World Cup squad announcement is bound to be followed with differences of opinion over its composition, but the BCCI selection committee made the best of its options. On the surface, it might appear that India are one specialist batsman light, but they have three all-rounders, three out-and-out quicks, two specialist spinners and Kedar Jadhav to bolster the big guns, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli.