India captain Kohli's pre-IPL statement that the cash-rich league will have no effect on the selections proved to be prophetic as Pant's 245 runs in the T20 showpiece fell short of Karthik's 111 runs. Vijay Shankar is inducted into the team to come in at Number 4. Virat Kohli will captain the team while Rohit Sharma will be his deputy.
Karthik, the oldest Indian player in terms of global debut (three months before Mahendra Singh Dhoni in September 2004), was also part of the Indian squad during its disastrous 2007 World Cup campaign.
'It was definitely a case where we debated in length.
"That is the only reason why we went ahead with DK otherwise Pant was nearly there", he added.
Pant is also angling for a back-up role, behind the stumps, with Mahendra Singh Dhoni installed as India's first choice wicket-keeper.
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Amidst the speculations for the No. 4 spot, Ambati Rayudu - who is not being in good form - is missing out of the team.
"After the Champions Trophy, we have tried quite a few middle-order batsmen, which also included Karthik, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey".
'We did give a few more chances to Ambati Rayudu but Vijay Shankar gives three dimensions. We are looking at him at no. 4 to begin with.
The bowlers will be assisted by the wrist-spinning duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal while Kedar Jadhav is expected to roll his arm if required. In the bowling department, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have been selected.
England, ranked No.1 on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team rankings, have been widely touted as favourites for the mega-event.