Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant (Photograph Supply: Twitter)

Veteran middle-order batter Suresh Raina has backed a struggling Rishabh Pant and reckons that his inclusion within the Indian taking part in XI can add plenty of selection in T20 World Cup 2022. Though the southpaw has been performing constantly in Assessments and One Day Internationals, he has been off-colored within the T20Is for the previous few months.

On the identical time, Raina additionally cited the instance of two of Indian cricket’s confirmed match-winners Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh as to how the dynamic duo had carried out outstandingly effectively within the Males in Blue’s 2007 T20 World Cup triumph in South Africa.

Being a left-handed batter offers you that benefit: Suresh Raina

“Dinesh Karthik has been in good kind and he has given good performances. But when Rishabh Pant is there within the aspect, it gives you with that X-factor as a result of he’s a left-handed batter. We noticed how Gautam Gambhir carried out within the 2007 T20 World Cup. Yuvraj Singh had six 6s. Then within the 2011 World Cup, each of them performed an enormous function. So I feel, being a left-handed batter offers you that benefit,” stated Raina whereas chatting with NDTV.

“Rishabh is aware of learn how to hit 6s from the primary ball. If he will get an opportunity, he will certainly do effectively,” he added.

It stays to be seen whether or not Rishabh Pant will slot in India’s taking part in XI for the marquee event owing to his inconsistent batting performances for some time within the shortest format. The group administration might in all probability go forward with veteran wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik because the first-choice stumper given his repute with the bat as he has performed some impactful knocks within the center and dying overs and has additionally established himself as a finisher.

India start their marketing campaign towards arch-rivals Pakistan on the MCG on Sunday, October 23. They’d crushed the defending champions Australia within the first warm-up fixture by six runs whereas their second fixture towards New Zealand on Wednesday, October 19 was washed out attributable to rain.