Dinesh Karthik wants Rishabh Pant to open for India in T20Is: He can go gung-ho in powerplay
India keeper-batter Dinesh Karthik has said that he would like to see Rishabh Pant open the innings for India. Karthik reasoned that Pant has his best strike-rate when he opens the innings.
Rishabh Pant plays a shot in T20 World Cup. (Courtesy: AP)
By India Today Web Desk: India’s wicketkeeper batter Dinesh Karthik wants Rishabh Pant to open for India in the T20Is. Stating that Pant likes to take chances at the top of the order when the field is up, Karthik said that India could benefit with Pant playing right at the top.
“We know one think for sure, Rishabh Pant’s ability to play shots. And when the field is up, he can go gung-ho in the powerplay so we can give him the opportunity to open,” Karthik told Cricbuzz.
While Pant is the captain of Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League and certainly one of the most explosive batters India has ever seen, the batter has not quite positioned himself well in the Indian side.
The left-hander lost his place to Karthik in the run-up to the T20 World Cup and played the final two matches in the tournament.
“I think Rishabh Pant has sealed his spot in Test cricket and to a large extent in ODI cricket as well. In T20s, he bats in a different position for his franchise and comes in a different spot in the Indian team and they are trying to figure out where to fit him,” Karthik said.
Karthik lauded Pant’s strokeplay and said that one has to accept the failures of Pant because of his aggressive nature.
“Interestingly, his strike rate is highest when he opens. He likes the field up, he likes to take on bowlers and put them under pressure,” Karthik said.
“He is second to none when it comes to stroke play and has baffled a lot of international bowlers of high pedigree. We need to embrace the fact that there will be a few failures from him, but he is a terrific player,” he further added.
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