A pure match-winner, a back-up opener and an easy 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 workforce, 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 isn’t a mere contributor however a pure match-winner who ought to be picked for the World Cup,” Nehra advised PTI on Thursday.
Nehra, a key member of the 2011 World Cup-winning workforce, 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 high seven. You want selection with a left-right mixture, the place Rishabh completely matches,” he reasoned.
The 21-year-old Pant is a left-hander and scored Check a whole lot 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 workforce administration can use him as a floater,” mentioned Nehra, who additionally performed the 2003 World Cup remaining in South Africa.
The third cause cited by Nehra was Pant’s capability to hit sixes effortlessly from the phrase go. Nehra mentioned the fearless method turns out to be useful in stress conditions.
“If it involves effortlessly hitting sixes, Rishabh comes second solely to Rohit Sharma together with his big-hitting capability. India will want that in abundance in the course of the World Cup,” Nehra mentioned.
And final however not the least, Nehra felt Pant has proven the power to win matches singlehandedly.
“No disrespect, this workforce 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,” mentioned Nehra, an artist with the white kookaburra, throughout his finest days.
Requested whether or not a seasoned finisher like Karthik might be ignored on the expense of a rookie, Nehra mentioned each the gamers could make it.
“As I’ve already mentioned, Rishabh may be your third opener, so DK (as Karthik is referred to) might be your center order batter,” he mentioned.
However is it clever to have three keepers within the 15? The veteran mentioned Pant and Karthik as second and third keepers is mistaken.
“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’ve the peerless MS Dhoni behind stumps so deal with each as specialist batsmen,” he concluded.
(With PTI Inputs)