Rishabh Pant (Picture Supply: Twitter)

Crew India had been going nicely on the T20 World Cup 2022 and had gained a profitable momentum as they defeated Pakistan and the Netherlands to start out their marketing campaign on a excessive. The Males in Blue didn’t make any modifications to the facet within the first two video games, however introduced in Deepak Hooda for Axar Patel within the third sport towards South Africa, and ended up dropping it.

Earlier than the match began, everybody anticipated that Hooda had come into the mixture as an all-rounder. However Indian skipper Rohit Sharma didn’t make the most of him as a bowler and stored him solely as a middle-order batter. Former India cricketer Wasim Jaffer was shocked by the choice and said that India may have gone for Rishabh Pant as an alternative of Hooda which might have given them a greater and extra skilled batting possibility.

Whereas talking on ‘BatBricks7 presents Run Ki Runneeti’ present on CricTracker, Jaffer opined his views on the change that India made of their taking part in mixture and stated:

“If Deepak Hooda was not going to bowl then Rishabh Pant would’ve been a more sensible choice. He has performed on this situation, he has obtained runs in Australia, and Deepak Hooda has not performed in Australia. And if India was not going to make use of him as a spinner, then it might have made sense to play Rishabh Pant as an additional batter. It shocked me.”

Perhaps Rishabh Pant can open the batting for India: Jaffer

He additionally spoke about KL Rahul’s kind, and the way that has been affecting India’s top-order on the marquee occasion. Jaffer believes that KL Rahul ought to be rested for some time, and Pant ought to be given the chance to bat on the opening slot alongside skipper Rohit Sharma. KL Rahul was in good contact earlier than the occasion down underneath, however has not managed to place up a single good rating in both of the three video games.

“Going ahead, will we keep on with KL Rahul? Is there a change wanted within the top-order? Generally, you might be in a kind the place you’re unable to attain runs and also you’re failing constantly, then the stress piles on you. Perhaps Rishabh Pant can open the batting for India. That will likely be a spot for him, and Axar Patel comes again in for the following sport (instead of Hooda). India may have to take a look on this matter. It’s to be seen in the event that they keep on with KL Rahul, or do they wish to change one thing on the high,” Jaffer asserted.

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