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Vijay Shankar, Rahane in contention for World Cup: MSK Prasad

India’s chief selector MSK Prasad has revealed that Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar and Ajinkya Rahane are in contention for a place in India’s World Cup squad. Prasad said that virtually all spots have been locked in, barring “one odd” position, in an interview. The deadline to announce the 15-member squad for the World Cup in England and Wales is 23 April.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Pant, 21, who is considered the successor of MS Dhoni, has already displayed his skills in Test cricket. With a couple of away Test centuries, Pant’s surge has been impressive. Prasad said, “The progression of Rishabh in the last one year is phenomenal across the formats. What we actually felt is he needs a bit of maturity now, gain more experience.

That is the reason we have included him in India A series wherever possible.” While lauding Vijay Shankar, Prasad said the all-rounder provided a different dimension to the side. Shankar, who batted at number three in recently-concluded T20I series against New Zealand, showed his aptitude with the bat but didn’t get an opportunity with the ball.

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