Sunil Gavaskar suggested that he would pick Dinesh Karthik ahead of Rishabh Pant in India’s World Cup squad. @PTI/AFP

Rishabh Pant’s inclusion and Dinesh Karthik’s exclusion from India’s ODI squad for Australia series, which also happens to be India’s last before the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, has pretty much indicated the selectors line of action while picking the team for the upcoming ICC event. (ALSO READ: Want to give Rishabh Pant a few ODIs before finalising India’s World Cup 2019 squad: MSK Prasad)

Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad, following Pant’s selection, said that the team management wants to give the young wicketkeeper-batsman a few games before the squad for the World Cup is picked. (ALSO READ: We have shortlisted 18 players and will rotate them: MSK Prasad on India’s World Cup 2019 plans)

However, Sunil Gavaskar, following Friday’s team selection, said that he will pick Karthik over Pant for the World Cup. Gavaskar said that he would select Karthik ahead of KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane as the Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper-batsman has opened the innings for India in Test cricket. The former Indian skipper also named what could be his team for the World Cup and Pant did not find a place in the same. (READ: Ashish Nehra’s five reasons for Rishabh Pant being in India’s World Cup squad)

“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,” Gavaskar told Sports Tak.  (ALSO READ: Is this India’s final World Cup squad?)

“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,” added Gavaskar. (ALSO READ: Kohli, Rahul, Bumrah back as Markande gets maiden India call-up for Australia limited-overs series)

The legendary Indian opener then backed Karthik’s credentials, saying he can open the innings in the ODIs, like he had done in Tests.

“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,” concluded Gavaskar.