Rishabh Pant is one of the best young attacking wicketkeeper-batsmen in the current era. The young southpaw has been in and out of the Indian cricket team recently.
He played four games in the Asia Cup tournament and was not given an opportunity to feature in all the games. The youngster scored just 51 runs in 4 games at an average of 25.50.
Moreover, he hasn’t scored more than 1000 runs in T20Is. He has accumulated just 934 runs at a terrible batting average of 23.9 including 3 half-centuries to his name.
Pant was given plenty of chances to showcase his mettle in the shortest format of the game. He played 58 T20Is for India, more than the other two formats. However, he failed to live up to his reputation in this particular format.
On the other hand, he boasts pretty good record as far as the Test and ODI format is concerned. He still needs to work on his shot selection.
The Indian team management have been trying with several experimentations ahead of the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. Earlier, they fielded both Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant in the playing XI.
Manoj Tiwary heaps praise on Rishabh Pant on Twitter
Team India don’t have many games to get prepared for the T20 World Cup. They are currently busy playing the three-match T20I series against Australia.
After that, they will play against South Africa for another three-match T20I series at home. As of now, the first T20I between India and Australia has been done and dusted.
The selection committee didn’t include Pant in the playing XI while chose Dinesh Karthik in the starting XI for the T20I opener in Mohali.
Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer Manoj Tiwary is of the opinion that Pant should be included in the playing XI from now onwards at any cost.
He further highlighted that if India wants to win the T20 World Cup in Australia, Pant should be in the playing XI. Tiwary also heaped praise on Pant by calling him a “match-winner”.
“When u have a match winner like him in your option then make him play at any cost. If India has to win the World Cup then he has to be in the playing eleven for me from now onwards ? #RishabhPant #IndianCricketTeam #INDvsAUS,” Tiwary tweeted.