[caption id="attachment_829874" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-829874" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Rishabh-Pant-AFP.jpg" alt="Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, India, ICC World Cup 2019, Dinesh Karthik, Pant Karthik" width="628" height="329" /> Rishabh Pant has so far scored 245 runs in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2019), compared to Dinesh Karthik's 111. @ AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Former <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/">India</a> captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/sunil-gavaskar/">Sunil Gavaskar</a> on Monday said he is surprised at young glovesman <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rishabh-pant/">Rishabh Pant</a>'s exclusion from India's <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc-world-cup-2019">ICC World Cup 2019</a> squad given his "exceptionally" good batting form and "great" improvement in wicket-keeping skills. <p></p> <p></p>The 33-year-old <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/dinesh-karthik/">Dinesh Karthik</a> pipped Pant in the fight for the second wicketkeeper's slot in <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/dinesh-karthik-ravindra-jadeja-in-ambati-rayudu-rishabh-pant-out-of-indias-world-cup-squad-829756">India's 15-strong squad</a> for the World Cup, starting May 30 in England. Gavaskar said the move is surprising but backed Karthik as a better wicketkeeper. <p></p> <p></p>"A bit surprised, looking at his (Pant's) form. He was batting exceptionally well, not only in the IPL but before that also. He was showing great improvement his wicket-keeping as well. He brings that left-handed option in the top-six which is very handy against the bowlers," Gavaskar told '<em>India Today</em>'. <p></p> <p></p>"The bowlers have to change their line (for a left-hander) and the captains have to do a lot of field arrangements. <p></p> <p></p>Pant has so far scored 245 runs in the ongoing <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/indian-premier-league">Indian Premier League</a> (IPL 2019), compared to Karthik's 111. Karthik was chosen over Pant despite an indifferent IPL campaign with the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/kolkata-knight-riders">Kolkata Knight Riders</a>. Gavaskar said there was some merit in the move. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/twitter-divided-after-rishabh-pant-misses-out-on-indias-icc-world-cup-2019-squad-829821">Twitter divided after Rishabh Pant misses out on India s World Cup squad</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"On a morning when say, MSD (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) has a flu and can't play, you want somebody who is a better wicket-keeper. I think Karthik's wicket-keeping skills, more than anything, have won him this place," Gavaskar said. <p></p> <p></p>Gavaskar said Tamil Nadu all-rounder <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/vijay-shankar/">Vijay Shankar</a>, who made it to the squad for his "three-dimensional qualities", will be a very useful player for the team. <p></p> <p></p>"He is a cricketer who has improved over the last one year. He has grown in confidence. Shankar is a very useful cricketer. He is a very, very good batsman, handy bowler, and an outstanding fielder," the batting great explained. (<strong>ALSO READ:<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/world-cup-2019-wicketkeeping-is-also-important-bcci-on-choosing-dinesh-karthik-over-rishabh-pant-as-reserve-wicketkeeper-829830"> "Wicketkeeping is also important," BCCI on choosing Karthik over Pant</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>Former Indian batsman <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/aakash-chopra/">Aakash Chopra</a> said Pant's elevation to the top tier of the central contracts had him believe that the youngster would make India's World Cup squad. <p></p> <p></p>"Wasn't Pant elevated to the top tier of the Central Contracts a few weeks back?? Not a certainty in two of the three formats," Chopra tweeted. <p></p> <p></p>https://twitter.com/cricketaakash/status/1117730647156482050 <p></p> <p></p>Former India medium-pacer <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rp-singh/">RP Singh</a> and star of India's 2007 World T20 triumph said he hoped that the decision to pick experience over youth works in the team's favour at the mega-event. <p></p> <p></p>https://twitter.com/rpsingh/status/1117734693938483200 <p></p> <p></p>"Clearly they've chosen experience and patience in the form of @DineshKarthik. Middle order will be very interesting to see @klrahul11/@DineshKarthik could be at number 4. Rest seems sorted with @JadhavKedar and @msdhoni at number 5/6," Singh tweeted.