Cricket News: Sunil Gavaskar suggests a bold change to harness Rishabh Pant’s talent in T20Is

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Cricket News: Sunil Gavaskar suggests a bold change to harness Rishabh Pant’s talent in T20Is
Source: Indiatvnews.com

Cricket News: Rishabh Pant continued his hot streak against England in the recently concluded fifth Test, scoring a century and a half-century. Pant had a rather ordinary run with the bat in the previous five-match T20I series against South Africa, as well as the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 before that. Pant scored his fifth Test century, smashing 146 runs in 111 balls in a stunning counter-attack that gave India the lead after three days. In the second inning, he scored 57 runs. Pant’s career Test total now stands at 2123 runs scored at an average of 43.32.

This is in stark contrast to Pant’s performance in white-ball cricket, where he has only 715 runs at an average of 32.50 in ODIs and 741 runs at an average of 23.15 and a strike rate of 123.91 in T20Is. In white-ball cricket, he has yet to score a century.

Sunil Gavaskar, the great batsman, believes that India would benefit from sending Pant in as an opener in white-ball cricket, rather than the finisher role that he has been assigned so far in his career.

“Not a bad option at all. Look at what Adam Gilchrist did for Australia in white-ball cricket. He used to bat at No.6 or 7 in Test cricket but while opening in white-ball cricket he was destructive. Maybe someone like Rishabh Pant can be equally destructive, he will get that many more overs to play,” Gavaskar said on Sports Today.

“We have been talking about him as a finisher but then he comes in there, starts slamming the ball and straight away gets out. Here, he will have the awareness that he doesn’t have to go bang bang from the first ball. He will have a few deliveries to get used to the pace and movement. In England, there will be a little more movement even with the white ball than anywhere else. That can actually work in India’s favour,” he said.

This is in stark contrast to Pant’s performance in white ball cricket, where he has only 715 runs at an average of 32.50 in ODIs and 741 runs at an average of 23.15 and a strike rate of 123.91 in T20Is. In white ball cricket, he has yet to score a century.

Sunil Gavaskar, the great batsman, believes that India would benefit from sending Pant in as an opener in white ball cricket, rather than the finisher role that he has been assigned so far in his career.

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