"Undoubtedly he (Pant) is in contention. A healthy headache. 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," ESPNcricinfo quoted Prasad, as saying.
"In domestic cricket he has been in form," Prasad said. "He is very much in contention for the World Cup," he said.
Rahane has been quite impressive and consistent in List A cricket having scored 597 runs in 11 innings at an average of 74.62.
Prasad also talked highly about the skill set of right-hand batsman Vijay Shanker. The selector said that they need to figure out how well Shanker fits in the dynamics of the team.
"In whatever opportunities he has got, Vijay Shankar has shown the skillsets required at this level. We have been grooming him through India A tours in the last two years. But we will have to see where he can fit in the dynamics of this team," Prasad said.
The 2019 cricket World cup is slated to be held from May 30 to July 14 in England.
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