Rishabh Pant, India, ICC World Cup 2019
Rishabh Pant. @ PTI

Putting an end to months of debate and speculation, the MSK Prasad-led selection committee on Monday announced the Indian squad for the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales that begins on May 30.

While most part of the squad was predictable, a noteworthy exclusion was the absence of the talented wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who made way for the much more experienced and versatile Dinesh Karthik. Vijay Shankar also found himself in the squad and will most certainly occupy the hyped No. 4 slot. (CHECK OUT: Meet India’s 15-member 2019 World Cup squad)

Indian squad for the ICC World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MSD (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd Shami

Twitter was divided after the announcement was made at 3 pm on Monday afternoon. Many former cricketers and experts were divided on the Pant-Karthik debate which took centrestage on the eve of the announcement. Here are a few reactions: