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Pant’s success vs CSK adds to India’s keeping options for T20 WC

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While

Rishabh Pant

‘s 51 off 32 balls paved the way for Delhi Capitals’ victory over the fancied Chennai Super Kings in Vizag on Easter Sunday, it also provided Ajit Agarkar and the rest of the Indian selectors another exciting option for the wicket-keeper’s slot when it comes to picking the team for the

T20 World Cup

to be played in West Indies and USA in the month of June.

Since the MS Dhoni era began, Indian cricket has been blessed with an array of gifted ball strikers, who can also keep wickets efficiently. Where Pant scores over others is his ability to take down spin and his left-handedness. His fitness in a high intensity format after a lengthy injury layoff remains the only question.
While his T20 numbers aren’t great, there is little doubt about whether Rohit and Dravid will want him in the squad or not if he is fit.
India may need to travel with two wicket-keeper batters in the squad of 15 and carry another one as a travelling reserve because of the difficulty in getting players across quickly if there is an unfortunate injury or illness to any of the team members.

Hence Jitesh Sharma, Sanju Samson, KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan will all have their hopes high of getting on the plane to the US.
The thing going for Jitesh is he is performing the same role for his franchise, the Punjab Kings, that India have earmarked for him, that of a finisher, who can attack in the end overs at No.6.
With Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul effectively being top-order players, who target the powerplay overs, it might make it tough for them to break into the top four of the Indian team as it has gun players like

Rohit Sharma

, Yashasvi Jaiswal,

Virat Kohli

and

Suryakumar Yadav

batting in those slots.
Will Kishan, Sanju and Rahul take the option of batting lower in the batting order and hurt their franchise’s chances in the IPL and audition for a slot in the Indian team? If they do, the franchise owners will sport a long face.

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