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Rishabh Pant took World Cup exclusion 'quite well', says Ricky Ponting

Rishabh Pant. Photograph:( PTI )

Reuters Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Apr 18, 2019, 02.19 PM (IST)

Australia's former World Cup-winning captain Ricky Ponting on Thursday said that Rishabh Pant took his exclusion from the upcoming ICC World Cup "quite well'.

Ponting, who is Delhi's head coach, feels that his snub from the big tournament will motivate him to perform for Delhi in the Indian Premier League (IPL). 

"I had a quick chat with him (Pant) on Monday night, and he seems to have taken it quite well," Australia's former World Cup-winning captain Ponting told reporters.

"He is obviously disappointed as he would have loved to be in the squad as a lot of other players would have as well. But the thing with him that he has to remember and we all have to remember is that he is still pretty young. 

"He will have the opportunity to potentially play in three or four more World Cups over the course of his career."

Dinesh Karthik was chosen over young Pant to the second wicketkeeper's spot considering the experience Kolkata skipper holds. 

Pant, who made a name for himself in the test series in England and Australia, is often perceived as a replacement for Dhoni when the 37-year-old decides to end his innings. 

"But what might be a negative thing for him to not get picked in the Indian team, might turn out to be a very positive thing for the Delhi as he can totally focus on playing his best cricket for us," Ponting said. 

"Like I said a few games ago, he is a match-winner and I’m sure he will come back strongly to win more matches for us. It is important that he focuses on the little things on the field that make him a really good player for us. 

"There is nothing he can do now to get into that World Cup team, but he can definitely help the Delhi win some matches in the coming days which will help him boost his confidence for the future as well."

Pant`s team are currently second in the IPL standings with 10 points from nine matches while defending champions Chennai top the leaderboard with 14 from 10.