Rishabh Pant is a talented cricketer who has established himself as the Indian team’s first choice wicketkeeper in all three formats of the game. He has done well in Test matches, but his white ball performance, especially in T20Is, is not up to par for a player of his caliber.
The BCCI on Monday announced a 15-man squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup, which will consist of two wicketkeeper batsmen in Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik. Karthik has made a stunning comeback in the T20I side after his outstanding performance in the Indian Premier League this year.
Rishabh Pants (Image Credits: Twitter)Many former cricketers questioned Rishabh Pant after he was selected for the Indian team for the World Cup. The Indian wicketkeeper batsman has performed well in Tests and One Day Internationals, but not so well in T20Is. Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt expressed his views on Pant’s inclusion in the T20 World Cup. He said that now that he has been kept in the team, he should be given more freedom.
Despite a forgettable Asia Cup campaign, the 24-year-old was included in the T20 World Cup roster. But it remains to be seen whether he will get a chance to play in the starting eleven. With Dinesh Karthik in the squad, India can only play one of the two in the playing XI to allow for an extra bowler.
Dinesh Karthik was picked against Pant in the team’s opening match against Pakistan in the recently concluded Asia Cup. Pant had a chance in the Super 4 matches, but he didn’t capitalize on his chances and was disappointed.
Rishabh Pant Strength is too many shots and it’s his downfall too – Salman Butt
When former Pakistani captain Salman Butt was asked about Pant’s failure in T20Is so far in a live session on YouTube, Butt gave a very clear answer.
“His strength is too many shots. His downfall is too many shots. Too many shots, all at once,” said Butt.
“This is what makes him special, and this is also the reason for his downfall. If he is successful, he will look spectacular. He has good range, he is brave and he had so many shots in his arsenal. But sometimes you have to play counting cricket.”
Salman believes that if Pant is kept in the team, he should be able to play his own cricket freely.
“But he’s very confident in his ability, he’s so confident he’s going for his shot. When he fails, he’s criticized for his shot selection, and when he succeeds, people go in awe. So I think he’s the has been given a free hand, Butt added.
India will play 6 T20Is for the World Cup to be held in Australia next month. Rishabh Pant gets the chance to prove himself before the World Cup.
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