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Exclusive: Why Rishabh Pant deserves a place in World Cup Squad?

Exclusive: Why Rishabh Pant deserves a place in World Cup Squad?

New Delhi: India's Rishabh Pant reacts after getting dismissed during the fifth ODI match between India and Australia at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, in New Delhi, on March 13, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

There is nothing to blame the selectors ahead World Cup 2019 as they played safe in the announcement of the 15 member squad. But, many former Indian cricketers and Sports analysts opine that Rishabh Pant should be in the World Cup Squad and here are the things they mention as reasons and the need for his inclusion.

Let alone the number four spot, as Indian batting line up revolves around the top three who can bat about 30 overs the maximum number of matches, Pant can come with all guns blazing as he is the most aggressive in the batting lineup that could hand India a very big score which has been a major problem for the team these days. Pant’s keeping skills improved a lot these days and even if DK was selected as the second wicket-keeper, there is KL Rahul who is the major competitor for No 4 spot.

The next big thing is, Pant’s inclusion provides some balance in the team with his left-hand batting style as apart form Dhawan there is no left-hander in the team until Ravindra Jadeja (if he was placed in Playing XI). Well, DK sealed his spot as he turned out as a very good finisher in recent times but it is very tough for him to make into Playing XI with Jadhav and Pandya in the team who can bowl some good overs.

 

Did the selectors miss the trick? Let’s wait and see!

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