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Rishabh Pant Is Definitely Part Of Our World Cup Plans: MSK Prasad

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| January 9 , 2019 , 16:43 IST

Indian cricket chief selector MSK Prasad on Wednesday revealed that though young wicket-keeper sensation Rishabh Pant has not been included in India's One-Day squad for the series against Australia and later in New Zealand, but the 21-year old is a part of the side's World Cup plans.

Pant has played only three ODIs and scored 41 runs, and lost out to experienced campaigner Dinesh Karthik for the second keeper's slot. Legendary MS Dhoni remains the first-choice keeper, but Prasad explained that Pant is in the race as well.

"There is absolutely no doubt that (Pant) is among one of those wicketkeepers (for the World Cup). All the three shortlisted keepers are doing well. He is definitely part of our World Cup plans. It’s a part of the workload management we are following," Prasad told India Today.

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It is learnt that Rishabh Pant was the second highest run-getter in the recently concluded four-Test match series against Australia, where he scored 350 runs including an unbeaten 159 in Sydney. He will now be a part of India A squad to play five one-dayers against England Lions.

MSK Prasad further added, "He is the only wicketkeeper to score hundred in England and Australia. We have given him some targets. We have set him he has to finish the matches and come. This Sydney Test match (where he scored a 189-ball 159) will be a turning point in his career."

"You have seen how many players we are resting these days. This kid has played the T20s and the four high-intensity Tests. Body also takes a wear and tear. He is having a few niggles, he needs to recover. I am sure he will come back much stronger."

The first of the three ODIs against Australia starts on January 12 in Sydney. India will then play five ODIs in New Zealand.