Playing the Devil's Advocate, the 68-year-old Ghavri said that Pant might have lost out his spot as the second wicket-keeper in the squad to Dinesh Karthik due to the latter's superior 'keeping abilities'.
"But he could have been a great advantage because Rishabh Pant, according to me, is a much better batsman.
"He is a match-winner and he can win you a match on his own. But whatever the selectors and the captain have thought, I (still) think they have picked the best team," said the former left-arm pacer who opened the attack for India with the legendary Kapil Dev and was a member of the 1979 World Cup squad.
The second wicketkeeper's spot, with M S Dhoni holding his spot as the team's No. 1 stumper, was a bone of contention in the selection of the squad for the marquee event starting in England and Wales on May 30.
The 33-year-old Karthik's experience of 91 ODIs gave him the edge over the 21-year-old Pant, according to the five -member selection panel headed by M S K Prasad.
"The advantage with Shankar is that he is a batsman who can bowl too. This team, like the one in 1983, has 4-5 all -rounders who can chip in with bat and ball and in fielding.
"I am not criticising Shankar's selection. He is a utility cricketer," added Ghavri.
"Now in the team there are three or four wicket- keepers and batsmen -- one is (MS) Dhoni, second is Karthik, (KL) Rahul can keep and (Kedar) Jadhav can also keep and it is a luxury as far as wicket-keeper-batsmen are concerned," Borde quipped.
Borde advised the disappointed Pant not to give up, saying he has a bright future.
"He should not (give up) and has a bright future. I am sure he will be in the team soon, sooner than what we (people) expect," added Borde, who resides in Pune.
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