RISHABH PANT IS THE KEY TO TEAM SELECTION FOR T20I AGAINST ENGLAND

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Indian cricket has not thrived the way it has been thriving for the past few years and the last two months have been proof of a successful journey. The first Indian squad made a mark on Australian soil and now they are busy celebrating their Test win over England. At the same time, the team has started preparing for the upcoming T20 series in which the teams are going to play five matches. Also, they have carved their way to ICC T20 World Cup. The preparation for the same will start with a T20 series against England.

PANT WILL MAKE A DAZZLING COME IN THE MIDDLE ORDER

The entire scheme of playing squad is going to revolve around Rishabh Pant’s position in the team. The rumour has it that Rishabh Pant is going to be a part of the playing XI against England in Ahemdabad in the matches starting from March 12.

When Pant had started to appear as the weak link in the team, the management resorted to KL Rahul for keeping wickets. But now the management is looking for its beloved wicket-keeper to make a return in the team as it is searching for a left-handed batsman in the middle order and it’s Pant who fits the bracket. Ishan Kishan is also acting as the backup.

Chetan Sharma, the head of the new selection committee and the management have to ensure the core of the team for the T20 World Cup as quickly as possible, learning from the mistakes that the committee had made in the lead-up to the 2019 ODI World Cup.

PANT IS IN FOR A LONG RUN

Former national selector, Devang Gandhi said that “Pant needs to be given a long run at No. 4.” He also mentioned Suryakumar Yadav and the fact that he should be given a chance in the team. He wants these players to play in all the matches and not end up in a position like 2019. He said, “You don’t want half-baked players going into a World Cup.” According to him, the players should have played enough games to prepare them for the toughest competition amongst the best teams of the world.

The committee led by Sharma has received a lot of praise for including a variety of players in the team, also, taking gems from the IPL. But one cannot ignore the fact that they had the privilege of naming a huge side. 

A TOUGH CALL TO MAKE

The committee has a tough call to make if Pant comes on board because only one of KL Rahul or Shikhar Dhawan can be chosen as an opener. Looking at the scenario right now, Gandhi said that Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul should be the first choice and Dhawan should be the backup plan. Pant would be fulfilling an aspiration of the selectors as the committee always wanted a left-handed batsman in the middle order. Gandhi said, “Pant at No.4 boosts the line-up as he is good against both pace and spin.” He also mentioned Surya and Hardik Pandya to be having the capability of a dynamic middle order. 

INDIA’S BACK UP PLAN

Indian team management has been planning its backups really well and paying attention to managing the workload of frontline players. The BCCI, NCA and team management have worked as a unit to increase the bench strength and that work has shown itself in the performances that the players have given in the just-concluded India vs England Test series.

The team and the selection committee now hope to repeat the same dazzling performance in the T20 International against England. Gandhi said that Natarajan’s addition will be a “big boost” for the team. Bumrah is not going to be a part of the team for the five-match T20 series and Natarajan is going to fill in his shoes in his absence. Gandhi said, “T Natarajan is a big boost as he would come in as Bumrah’s replacement with his yorkers.” 

LIKE-FOR-LIKE BACKUP

Gandhi also talked about Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s return to the team and called it a “good news”. He also mentioned Deepak Chahar and talked about the need “to develop his death bowling”. He said, “Deepak Chahar needs to develop his death bowling if he is to be considered as Bhuvneshwar’s like-for-like backup.” Gandhi also said that this system is really helpful for the team as it “helps in formulating team strategy.”

Team India has no dearth of resources just like the team of 2019 and that is something which the committee needs to use as its strength.  

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