[caption id="attachment_829164" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-829164" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Dinesh-Karthik-AFP.jpg" alt="Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, ICC World Cup 2019, India" width="628" height="353" /> Young Rishabh Pant's competition for the second keeper's slot with veteran Dinesh Karthik will be the highlight of the discussion. @ BCCI[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><strong>New Delhi:</strong> The debate will centre around the second wicketkeeper, number four slot and the need for an additional pacer when the selectors meet to pick one of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/">India</a>'s most predictable <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc-world-cup-2019">ICC World Cup</a> squads ever in Mumbai on Monday. <p></p> <p></p>At the end of the home series against Australia, skipper <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/virat-kohli/">Virat Kohli</a> had indicated that only one slot was up for grabs, as the core had been set for the past one year. <p></p> <p></p>With 14 members all but decided for the marquee event in England starting May 30, the discussion on combination is likely to take precedence over any out-of-the-box name or a left-field selection. <p></p> <p></p>Young <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rishabh-pant/">Rishabh Pant</a>'s competition for the second keeper's slot with veteran <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/dinesh-karthik/">Dinesh Karthik</a> will be the highlight of the discussion. <p></p> <p></p>Pant, who has so far scored 222 runs in the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/indian-premier-league">Indian Premier League</a> (IPL 2019) compared to a mere 93 by Karthik, looks favourite on paper as his inclusion comes with certain advantages. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-world-cup-squad-announcement-india-world-cup-team-2019-to-be-picked-829025">India World Cup squad announcement: Likely team to be picked by BCCI selectors</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>He can bat at any slot between Nos 1 and 7, is a left-hander, who can be a designated finisher plus the second keeper. <p></p> <p></p>Pant's keeping skills against spinners has room for improvement but even Karthik hasn't done anything in the last 12 months to make a strong case for himself. <p></p> <p></p>Their franchise coaches <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ricky-ponting/">Ricky Ponting</a> (<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/delhi-capitals">Delhi Capitals</a>) and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/jacques-kallis/">Jacques Kallis</a> (<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/kolkata-knight-riders">Kolkata Knight Riders</a>), though, have thrown their weight behind their respective stars. <p></p> <p></p>However, with <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/kl-rahul/">KL Rahul</a> (335 runs in the ongoing IPL) back in the mix as the third opener and regularly keeping for <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/kings-xi-punjab">Kings XI Punjab</a>, the selectors might be tempted to use him as the second keeper, apart from third opener. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ipl-2019-andre-russell-has-a-weakness-against-turning-ball-kuldeep-yadav-kolkata-knight-riders-827485">Andre Russell has a weakness against turning ball: Kuldeep Yadav</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"The second keeper only comes into play if <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mahendra-singh-dhoni/">MS Dhoni</a> is injured. Rishabh is a phenomenal talent but he has not done anything exceptional in ODIs. Can he hit consistently in 50 overs is the question, but he is in mix," a former India player, privy to selection patterns, said. <p></p> <p></p>In case Rahul is made the second keeper, it might just open the doors for <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ambati-rayudu/">Ambati Rayudu</a> as the specialist No. 4 batsman. <p></p> <p></p>Rayudu was a certainty till November when Kohli and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ravi-shastri/">Ravi Shastri</a> had identified him as their No 4 but the Hyderabad batsman's adventurous decision to quit long form domestic cricket and poor technique against fast bowling has left him thoroughly exposed. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/laxman-backs-ambati-rayudu-as-indias-no-4-for-the-world-cup-828595">Laxman backs Ambati Rayudu as India s No. 4 for the World Cup</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>With Shreyas Iyer (221) not given any chance during the season, Rayudu might get lucky if the idea of a specialist second keeper is done away with. <p></p> <p></p>In case the team management considers allrounder Vijay Shankar as their No. 4 at the start of the tournament, then it would be curtains for Rayudu. <p></p> <p></p>The final bone of contention could be the fourth specialist seamer considering that the English weather could be very fickle, especially in places like Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester. <p></p> <p></p>"As of now the team is looking at Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya as the combined fourth seamer. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ravindra-jadeja/">Ravindra Jadeja</a> with his all round skills and big hitting prowess is a necessity. Plus, in dry conditions, he will be a restrictive option," the source said. <p></p> <p></p>But what could pose a problem is India's fourth specialist pacer Umesh Yadav's inconsistency. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/khaleel-ahmed-2">Khaleel Ahmed</a> is a left-arm option but he has not shown enough maturity in testing times. <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ishant-sharma/">Ishant Sharma</a>, for his past record in England, a tearaway quick like Navdeep Saini or maybe, even a good Powerplay bowler like Deepak Chahar could all be inspirational choices which this selection committee may or may not indulge in. <p></p> <p></p>"This selection committee has been pretty consistent with their policies and I don't think they have any reasons to deviate. Don't expect left field selections like Amay Khurasiya (1999) or Dinesh Mongia (2003). But you never know," he added. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Potential squad:</strong> <p></p> <p></p><strong>Certainties: (14)</strong> <p></p> <p></p>Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja <p></p> <p></p><strong>15th member (options)</strong> <p></p> <p></p><strong>If 2nd keeper:</strong> Dinesh Karthik/Rishabh Pant <p></p> <p></p><strong>If specialist No. 4:</strong> Ambati Rayudu <p></p> <p></p><strong>If 4th pacer:</strong> Umesh Yadav/Khaleel Ahmed/Ishant Sharma/Navdeep Saini.