[caption id="attachment_830589" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-830589" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Rishabh-Pant-AFP.jpeg" alt="Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthi, India, ICC World Cup 2019" width="628" height="351" /> Ghavri said that Rishabh Pant might have lost out his spot as the second wicket-keeper in the squad to Dinesh Karthik due to the latter's superior 'keeping abilities'. @ AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Former pacer <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/karsan-ghavri/">Karsan Ghavri</a> feels that a "good and balanced" Indian team has been picked for the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc-world-cup-2019">ICC World Cup 2019</a>, but in the same vein opined that <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rishabh-pant/">Rishabh Pant</a> should also have made it to the squad. <p></p> <p></p>Playing the devil's advocate, the 68-year-old Ghavri said that Pant might have lost out his spot as the second wicket-keeper in the squad to <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/dinesh-karthik/">Dinesh Karthik</a> due to the latter's superior 'keeping abilities'. <p></p> <p></p>"According to me it's a very good and well-balanced team, but I think Rishabh Pant should have found a place. The selectors, and a lot of people, think in his wicket-keeping abilities he is no match to Dinesh Karthik. Wicket-keeping is (also) important," Ghavri said. <p></p> <p></p>"But he could have been a great advantage because Rishabh Pant, according to me, is a much better batsman than Karthik. He is a match-winner and he can win you a match on his own. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/dinesh-karthik-can-play-a-kedar-jadhav-finishers-role-to-a-no-4-batsmans-role-abhishek-nayar-830468">'Karthik can play a Kedar Jadhav finisher s role to a No. 4 batsman s role'</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p> But whatever the selectors and the captain have thought, I (still) think they have picked the best team," said the former left-arm pacer who opened the attack for India with the legendary Kapil Dev and was a member of the 1979 World Cup squad. <p></p> <p></p>The second wicketkeeper's spot, with <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mahendra-singh-dhoni/">Mahendra Singh Dhoni</a> holding his spot as the team's No. 1 stumper, was a bone of contention in the selection of the squad for the marquee event starting in England and Wales on May 30. <p></p> <p></p>The 33-year-old Karthik's experience of 91 ODIs gave him the edge over the 21-year-old Pant, according to the five -member selection panel headed by MSK Prasad. <p></p> <p></p>Ghavri felt Ambati Rayadu could have come in place of Tamil Nadu allrounder <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/vijay-shankar/">Vijay Shankar</a>, but also pointed out that the latter's all-round ability has worked in his favour. <p></p> <p></p>"Instead of Vijay Shankar they should have picked <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ambati-rayudu/">Ambati Rayadu</a>, because he is a more experienced player and he has come a long and hard way. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/feel-more-sorry-for-ambati-rayudu-than-other-cricket-who-was-not-picked-in-indias-icc-world-cup-2019-squad-gautam-gambhir-830433">Feel more sorry for Rayudu than other cricketers who were not picked: Gautam Gambhir</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"The advantage with Shankar is that he is a batsman who can bowl too. This team, like the one in 1983, has four to five allrounders who can chip in with bat and ball and in fielding. I am not criticising Shankar's selection. He is a utility cricketer," added Ghavri. <p></p> <p></p>Former chairman of selectors <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/chandu-borde/">Chandu Borde</a> said now there are three-four stumpers in the squad. <p></p> <p></p>"Now in the team there are three or four wicket- keepers and batsmen one is (MS) Dhoni, second is Karthik, (KL) Rahul can keep and (Kedar) Jadhav can also keep and it is a luxury as far as wicket-keeper-batsmen are concerned," Borde quipped. <p></p> <p></p>Borde advised the disappointed Pant not to give up, saying he has a bright future. "He should not (give up) and has a bright future. I am sure he will be in the team soon, sooner than what we (people) expect," added Borde.