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Ricky Ponting surprised at India’s ‘X-factor’ Rishabh Pant not being in World Cup squad

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 17, 2019UPDATED: April 17, 2019 17:55 IST Ricky Ponting had nothing but words of encouragement for Rishabh Pant (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRicky Ponting said Rishabh Pant should have been in India’s playing XI in the World CupPonting said Pant’s exlcusion surprised him and that the player himself was disappointedPonting though feels that Pant can now focus for Delhi Capitals in the second half of IPLAustralian great Ricky Ponting on Wednesday expressed surprise at Rishabh Pant’s exclusion from India’s World Cup squad, saying he could have been the X factor in the playing eleven.Ponting met Pant on Monday night, hours after the India squad was announced with Dinesh Karthik being preferred over the 21-year-old for the reserve wicketkeeper’s slot.”Yes I was surprised when he was left out of the Indian squad. I thought he would be in and he would be in the starting eleven. I thought someone like him batting at four or five could have been that X factor and the difference between India and the other teams,” said the Delhi Capitals head coach.Ponting had nothing but words of encouragement for the star Delhi Capitals player.”One thing we know about Indian cricket is that there is a lot of depth around in batting and this time Rishabh has missed out. Knowing what he is like and the talent he has, I would be surprised if he doesn’t play in at least three World Cups before his career is over.”I had a quick chat with him. He seems to have taken it pretty well. There is no doubt that he is disappointed, he would have loved to be in that squad but the thing he still has to remember is, potentially, he will get the opportunity to play in three to four World Cups.”What is negative thing for the Indian team is positive for Delhi Capitals. Really happy that the decision has been made and he can focus on the back half of the tournament.”advertisementPant at times has been criticised for throwing away a good start. Asked if that could be the reason selectors did not pick Pant, Ponting said: “I don’t know the selection criteria. Don’t know why he is not being picked. I don’t why the other guys have been picked ahead of him. To be honest it is none of my business.”Though I don’t think he is impatient, he is a very smart player. I think he sums up situations and conditons really well. But they obviously have their reasons for not picking him and I am not going to comment on that.”I actually think he missing out you will see a different player in th IPL. His determination will shine through and I am sure he will score heavily in the back half of the tournament,” he said.On the game against Mumbai Indians, Ponting said his team has adjusted to the wicket and the opposition will have a tough time on a slow and low Kotla pitch.”It should not be difficult for us anymore. We have an understanding of how the wicket is going to play. It is going to be quite slow and slow and we expect it to turn a little bit. I feel it would be difficult for Mumbai to come play on this wicket. The last wicket caught us a bit off guard, we though it was going to play better.Also Read | Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu named standbys for India World Cup squadAlso Read | A bit surprised: Sunil Gavaskar on Rishabh Pant omission from World Cup squadFor 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 Tags :Follow Ricky PontingFollow X-FactorFollow Rishabh PantFollow 2019 ICC World CupFollow India world cup squad Ricky Ponting surprised at India’s ‘X-factor’ Rishabh Pant not being in World Cup squadDelhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting said Rishabh Pant’s exclusion from India’s World Cup squad left him surprised and feels that the left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman could have been their X-factor.advertisementlast_img read more