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More or less, we have fixed our mind till the World Cup (on Dhoni) and we are grooming (youngsters). Frankly, the boys are still not up to the level we expect. We will keep giving them chances,” said Prasad after announcing a 17-member ODI squad for the six-match series in South Africa, starting February 1. “I think MS [Dhoni] remains the No. 1 wicketkeeper in the world. Even in the ongoing series, his stumpings and catches have been phenomenal. I don’t think any ’keeper is close to him in world cricket, forget Indian cricket.” Over the last year, India has tried out Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson in the development or fringe squads. However, they have not been able to match the standards expected, paving the way for Dinesh Karthik to make a comeback as a reserve ’keeper-cum-specialist batsman. Prasad reiterated that the experimentation process will continue in South Africa and the selectors, in consultation with the team management, will look to zero in on a World Cup-specific pool of players by the time India plays the ODI series in England later next year. “We will have a core team, probably from the England series. We will fix up on a certain number of players and focus on that,” he said.
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