The opening spot in the Indian team has been a headache for a while for the management ever since KL Rahul has been injured. With no less than a dozen pairs used by the Indian team management in recent time the urgency to fill the void has seen India use a number of players. However, according to former India cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, India’s experiment with Rishabh Pant as an opener, is something that has impressed him.
“Not answering that. It’s a tough one, really tough because there are some serious contenders there. That’s why these matches before the T20 World Cup are so important. KL Rahul has to be part of the T20 team. So has to be Virat Kohli just because of the stage and the pressure that comes in. It’s going to be a tough one. We have seen Suryakumar Yadav bat in the top three, we have seen Rishabh Pant bat in the top three. These are all very exciting options, so let’s see how it goes,” Manjrekar said on Sports18.
Rishabh Pant was recently used as an opener in the second T20 against England in Birmingham in July. Rishabh opened alongside Rohit Sharma and set the tone for the team as he scored 26 runs off 15 deliveries. The pair of Rohit and Rishabh saw India put an opening stand of 49 runs before Richard Gleeson got the better of them both. Rishabh’s knock as an opener saw him score a six and four boundaries.
“I love that idea of Rishabh Pant opening with Rohit Sharma. So that is something I am excited about, the possibility is there. It’s such a difficult one. You have got Virat Kohli, you have got KL Rahul, you have got Suryakumar Yadav and I think these are the three serious contenders. I am stumped,” he added.
With KL Rahul returning back to the Indian fold for the upcoming Asia Cup and T20 World Cup, it remains to be seen where Rishabh slots in. Recently the experiment with Suryakumar Yadav was also a success after he helped India clinch the five-match T20 series against West Indies 4-1. If India have fully fir squad and all players available without Covid-19 restrictions, Rishabh Pant will likely slot to his usual place in the middle order.
The Asia Cup will give fans a good idea about the Indian team with India beginning their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan.