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I will be thrilled to see Rishabh Pant in all the formats of the game: Aakash Chopra

February 11, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

Aakash Chopra stated that he would be thrilled to see wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant in all the game's three formats. Considering his exploits in Australia, Rishabh Pant has fixed his place in the playing XI in the game's purest format. However, that will not be the case in One Day cricket. Pant has always been criticised for his wicketkeeping, but his performance with the bat has now made him an automatic selection.

Unlike other teams, India did not include two wicketkeepers in the playing XI in the most extended format. With this, Rishabh now looks set to keep his place ahead of Saha. The young batsman was also Team India's highest run-getter in the first Test against England. Pant was the only batsman to contribute more than 100 runs for the side in the losing effort. The classic wicketkeeper-batsman was not in the progression for the Indian limited-overs squads before his swashbuckling knocks. Thus, it remains to be seen if the youngster makes a come back to the ODI and T20 teams after his recent Test performances.

Rishabh Pant has the ability to change things because of his big-hitting prowess: Aakash Chopra

Chopra further added that Rahul could also bat at the top of the order in the shortest format of the game. His inclusion in the team can then allow Pant to play the finisher's role alongside Hardik Pandya. While accepting the fact that Team India are likely to open with Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in ODIs, Aakash Chopra reckons that Shreyas Iyer could make way for Rishabh Pant in the middle order. The renowned commentator signed off by saying that India needs to keep Rishabh Pant in the ODI squad. The 23-year-old has the capability to turn the tide for the side because of his big-hitting prowess.

If Rishabh Pant gets a chance in the T20 team, it might be slightly unfair to Shreyas Iyer. Iyer has accumulated 807 runs at a strike rate of 100.74 in the One Day format. The middle-order batsman has scored a hundred and eight half-centuries in just 19 matches.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh