Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul
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Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul

Contrary to the favored opinion, together with that of the Indian skipper Virat Kohli, former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar desires Rishabh Pant to proceed as the staff’s wicketkeeper-batsman in limited-overs cricket as an alternative of KL Rahul. 

Rahul’s versatility was the important thing revelation from India’s 2-1 ODI sequence win in opposition to Australia at residence. Rahul batted at No.3 in the opener and scored 47 runs, and pulled off an astounding 52-ball 80 in the second ODI the place he batted at No.5. And moreover that, he additionally carried out the position of a wicketkeeper after Pant incurred a concussion whereas batting in Mumbai and Rahul carried out impressively. Impressed together with his twin position, Kohli revealed that the staff will stick with Rahul as their wicketkeeping choice forward of Pant as the choice gives extra stability to the staff. 

However, Gavaskar feels India ought to go along with Pant as they want a finisher at No.6 whereas additionally offering a left-hand choice in the center order. 

“I will go with Rishabh Pant in the limited-overs cricket. If you need a finisher at No. 6 then Rishabh Pant can do that for the team,” Gavaskar advised India Today. 

“Also he is a left-handed batsman, so considering the Indian batting line-up where we have only one left-handed batsman in form of Shikhar Dhawan, so if we have another southpaw in top-order then it will be beneficial for the team. So I will go with Rishabh Pant,” he added.

Kohli, nonetheless, admitted that the addition of Rahul as their wicketkepeer would assist the administration add two all-rounders to the taking part in XI. 

“Rahul really brings in a good balance if he can keep and bat that well in that position (No. 5). He has come into the slot and he has done well so we will have to persist with that a little bit and see where that takes us and not necessarily be confused about the other options we have.”

“So I think lack of clarity in terms of positions has really hurt us in the past. Now that we understand that this feels right, we will go ahead with that for a while and figure out if this is the right thing to do or not. You can chop and change immediately and create confusion among the group. I don’t see any reason why we should change this balance. It has done well for the team and we will continue with the same for a while.”


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