Sunil Gavaskar picks Dinesh Karthik ahead of Rishabh Pant in World Cup squadSunil Gavaskar has left out Rishabh Pant from his World Cup squad and has picked Vijay Shankar as the second all-rounder. Dinesh Karthik found a place in Gavaskar’s team as a reserve opening batsman.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 16, 2019UPDATED: February 16, 2019 13:34 IST Dinesh Karthik was in good form during T20I series in New Zealand (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSunil Gavaskar picked Karthik as an opening batsman ahead of KL Rahul and Ajinkya RahaneGavaskar has also picked Vijay Shankar as the second all-rounderGavaskar wants India to produce a dominant show and whitewash the ODI series vs AustraliaSunil Gavaskar has picked Dinesh Karthik ahead of Rishabh Pant in his squad for the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales. Karthik, however, did not find a place in India’s squad to face Australia in the five-match one day international series next month.Rishabh Pant, on the other hand, was recalled to ODI squad after missing two consecutive series against Australia and New Zealand.Chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad, on Friday said that they wanted to test Pant in a few ODIs before taking a final call on India’s World Cup squad.Gavaskar picked Karthik as an opening batsman ahead of KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane while Pant did not find a mention in the legendary batsman’s list.”I have 13 names in my mind who will surely board the flight to England and they are Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav,” Sunil Gavaskar told Sports Tak.”I think Vijay Shankar can be the 14th player. Seeing the swinging conditions in England, India can play two fast bowling all-rounders. But I am not too very sure of the 15th player. Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj have not been that impressive. Umesh Yadav can be an option and I think selectors must keep an eye on these three bowlers.”There should be a flexibility in the team. Dinesh Karthik has opened in Test matches in the past so he can do it in ODIs too,” Gavaskar added.advertisementIndia and Australia will play two T20Is on February 24 and 27 before the ODI series starts from March 2 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad.Gavaskar wants India to produce a dominant show and whitewash the series.”India should go out all guns blazing in the ODI series against Australia and try to win 5-0,” Gavaskar said.The cut-off date to announce the World Cup squad is April 23. India start their campaign against South Africa on June 5 at The Rose Bowl in Southampton.Also Read | Virat Kohli needs no protection in Indian batting lineup: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Will try to be more expressive with the ball vs Australia: Vijay ShankarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Sunil GavaskarFollow Virat KohliFollow Dinesh Karthik
Casablanca — The Mauritanian Press Agency (MPA) has reported that King Mohammed VI spoke with Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz over the phone, following controversy surrounding Chabat’s claims that Mauritania is sitting on Moroccan land. The call comes after a statement issued by the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign affairs, issued yesterday, which reiterated the country’s official respect for Mauritania’s territorial integrity. Moroccan Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane also confirmed his travel plans to Mauritania with Le360, likely in an effort to smooth over the situation. Istiqlal Secretary General Hamid Chabat raised controversy this week when he called Mauritania “a Moroccan territory” during a speech, adding that “Morocco’s borders extend from Sebta in the north to the Senegal river in the south.”During the call held today between King Mohammed VI and President Ould Abdelaziz, reports the MPA, “the two heads of state discussed the brotherly bilateral relations and ways to reinforce and develop them.” The MPA did not indicate that any formal discussion was held over Chabat’s controversial statement.
← Previous Story LADIES IN CHARGE IN SKOPJE: Crvenkoska assistant coach at RK Vardar, Blazevska overtakes Metalurg Next Story → EHF CL SATURDAY: Veszprem in Barcelona, RNL in Kielce Riihimäen Cockswacker thun The Finnish champions, Cocks, as newcomers at VELUX EHF Champions League have two points from two draws at the start of the season.Cocks played 26:26 in Switzerland against home team Wacker Thun to make another nice surprise for their fans in European elite competition.Wacker Thun (SUI) vs Riihimäen Cocks (FIN) 26:26 (11:15)In the opener, Cocks drew against Spanish team BM Ademar Leon.