Australian great Ricky Ponting on Wednesday expressed surprise at Rishabh Pant’s exclusion from India’s ICC World Cup 2019 squad, saying he could have been the X factor in the playing eleven.
“Yes I was surprised when he was left out of the Indian squad. I thought he would be in and he would be in the starting eleven. I thought someone like him batting at four or five could have been that X factor and the difference between India and the other teams,” said the Delhi Capitals head coach.
Ponting had nothing but words of encouragement for the star Delhi Capitals player.
“One thing we know about Indian cricket that there is a lot of depth around in batting and this time Rishabh has missed out. Knowing what he is like and the talent he has, I would be surprised if he doesn’t play in at least three world cups before his career is over.
“I had a quick chat with him. He seems to have taken it pretty well. There is no doubt that he is disappointed, he would have loved to be in that squad but the thing he still has to remember is, potentially he will get the opportunity to play in three to four World Cups.