Things are not looking too good for 21-year-old Rishabh Pant when it comes to getting selected for the Indian cricket squad for the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup. Especially now that both MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik seem to have found their form during the three-game ODI series between India and Australia.
Pant, who has been dropped for the ODI and Twenty20 series against Australia and New Zealand, is nonetheless selected to be a part of Team India A for a five-game series against the England Lions starting January 23 in Thiruvananthapuram.
Post the new found success behind Dhoni and Karthik's exceptional performance during the second ODI victory at the Adelaide Oval, both the wicket-keepers are getting a lot of support from cricket pundits from all over the world.
Tendulkar has hinted that including the youngster in the team would be extremely difficult, given the fact that there are already two other keeper-batsmen in the team who have a lot more experience than the Delhiite.
"It's a nice thought (to have Pant in) but we have already got Dhoni and Karthik playing as a batter, we have two wicket-keepers... They have had a crucial partnership which won us the match (2nd ODI vs Australia)," Tendulkar said on his mobile app 100MB.
"So if you are looking to have Pant in the team that means you have to remove a proper batter or one bowler, and I don't think we can afford to remove a bowler,” he added.
Having said that, Tendulkar also said that if the selectors do find a way to bring in Pant as a replacement for a pure batsman who doesn't bowl, then there should not be a problem.
Although Indian Head coach Ravi Shastri and chief selector MSK Prasad have ensured that Pant will be seriously considered for a spot in the 2019 World Cup roster, it seems that Dhoni and Karthik will take this one away from him.