A pure match-winner, a back-up opener and a simple six-hitter within the class of Rohit Sharma — Rishabh Pant deserves choice in India’s World Cup squad and there are a couple of causes for it, feels former pacer Ashish Nehra.
Nehra, who has tracked Pant’s progress in Delhi and worldwide cricket since he first joined the Sonnet Membership, gave 5 elaborate causes for the dynamic teen’s inclusion within the enjoying XI of the mega-event.
“In a group, there’ll all the time be contributors however at a giant occasion just like the World Cup, you want gamers with X-factor. Rishabh Pant is just not a mere contributor however a pure match-winner who must be picked for the World Cup,” Nehra informed PTI on Thursday.
Nehra, a key member of the 2011 World Cup-winning group, feels there are three to 4 particular causes to choose Pant. “In case you take a look at India’s batting line up, save Shikhar (Dhawan), there aren’t any left-handers within the prime seven. You want selection with a left-right mixture, the place Rishabh completely suits,” he reasoned.
The 21-year-old Pant is a left-hander and scored Check lots of in his first sequence in England and Australia. “Secondly, Rishabh can bat at any place between Nos 1 to 7 and so Virat (Kohli) and the group administration can use him as a floater,” stated Nehra, who additionally performed the 2003 World Cup ultimate in South Africa.
The third purpose cited by Nehra was Pant’s capacity to hit sixes effortlessly from the phrase go. Nehra stated the fearless method is useful in strain conditions.
“If it involves effortlessly hitting sixes, Rishabh comes second solely to Rohit Sharma together with his big-hitting capacity. India will want that in abundance in the course of the World Cup,” Nehra stated.
And final however not the least, Nehra felt Pant has proven the flexibility to win matches singlehandedly. “No disrespect, this group has three clear match-winners and they’re Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah. For me, the fourth one goes to be Rishabh Pant.Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav and Dinesh Karthik are all improbable gamers however they’re all in the identical mould. You want X-factor which this boy possesses,” stated Nehra, an artist with the white kookaburra, throughout his greatest days.
Requested whether or not a seasoned finisher like Karthik could possibly be missed on the expense of a rookie, Nehra stated each the gamers could make it.
“As I’ve already stated, Rishabh may be your third opener, so DK (as Karthik is referred to) could possibly be your center order batter,” he stated. However is it smart to have three keepers within the 15? The veteran stated taking a look at Pant and Karthik as second and third keepers is incorrect.
“I don’t take a look at it from that perspective. If Rishabh and DK are being picked forward of specialist batsmen like Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer, then you’re looking at them as specialist batsmen.
“So why complicate the thought course of. As it’s we have now the peerless MS Dhoni behind stumps so deal with each as specialist batsmen,” he concluded.