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‘Khopdi tod saale ka’ - Fans slam Ricky Ponting for backing KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan as India’s wicketkeeping options for 2023 World Cup

Here is how fans have reacted to the statement from the former Aussies skipper regarding KL Rahul and another team India player

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The 2023 ODI World Cup is all set to take place in India as the Men in Blue will look to win the trophy in front of the home crowds. However, Rishabh Pant is most likely to miss the event for India. In the recent series, team management have used KL Rahul as a wicketkeeping option. But, hie form with the bat has become a concern.

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Apart from him, Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan are the available options for Team India. Now, the former World Cup winning captain from Australia, Ricky Ponting came up with his preferred wicketkeeping options for the Men in Blue in the World Cup. He backed KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan as two options and seeing that, fans slammed him brutally on social media.

“I think in their World Cup squad, KL will definitely be there. I think Ishan Kishan should definitely be there” - Ricky Ponting

On the review show of the Apex Council of Cricket, Ricky Ponting said that India have space for both KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan in the squad while Ishan can become a left-handed option in the batting lineup. He said: "Look, I do think they'll stick with him. I think in their World Cup squad, KL will definitely be there. I think Ishan Kishan should definitely be there as well to give another left-handed batting option because if you look back to game three, they promoted Axar and Jadeja ahead of Surya because of Ashton Agar and the balls spinning away from the right-handers.”

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"With Rishabh not being there now, they might think of maybe wanting to play a specialist left-handed batter in the middle order which I think would have to be Ishan Kishan in some role, whether that's at No.4 or No.5. Just to negate teams that have got left-arm off-spin because when you look at the spinners around the world now, there are very few right-arm off-spinners in ODIs and T20Is,” Ponting further added.

"So I think they'll go into that World Cup with the two keepers in their squad and they'll make the decision on what they need as far as their batting is concerned," Ricky Ponting concluded.

Here are some tweets to slam Ponting for backing these players:

 

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