The all-rounder was glued to his television screen when the BCCI's chief selector MSK Prasad and acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhry addressed the media and read out the names of the 15 men who will represent India at the World Cup this time. While public opinion was firmly behind Rishabh Pant, one of the most exciting young cricketers doing the rounds, and also the current first-choice Test wicketkeeper, the selectors plumped for Dinesh Karthik. The biggest question for Kohli and the team management, headed by Ravi Shastri, to solve will be to identify who bats at number four.
Former India wicket-keeper, Syed Kirmani, who was also a selector in the past has hailed Karthik's choice.
"It is definitely a case which we have debated at length". Veteran player Dinesh Karthik got the edge over Pant - understandable since he's got more experience than the youngster.
"Pant is full of talent".
"Six months back, Mohammed Shami was nowhere near being considered for white-ball cricket, but some outstanding performances has ensured he plays his second World Cup".
"On a morning when say, MSD (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) has a flu and can't play, you want somebody who is a better wicketkeeper. So that at juncture if it is a crucial match, a quarterfinal or a semifinal, keeping also matters", Prasad's statement was indicative of what five wise men think about his glovework.
Pant has so far scored 245 runs in the ongoing IPL, compared to Karthik's 111 but Gavaskar said there was some merit in ignoring Pant's batting form.
Prasad said that Karthik's wicket-keeping skills and ability to handle pressure resulted in him being picked over Pant.
Australia won the Cricket World Cup 2015 against New Zealand by 7 wickets. It will certainly not be a major surprise if Virat Kohli lifts the World Cup trophy at Lord's on July 14. We're looking at him at No.4 [to begin with]. KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik have made the cut while Rishabh Pant misses out. Furthermore, Shankar is a good fielder, which worked in his favour.
The selectors have also opted to go with all-rounders Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya alongside Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami in a pace-heavy bowling attack.
The BCCI in its press conference said that they have picket up the most balanced team for the upcoming world cup.