The MSK Prasad-led selection panel took the big call in picking Dinesh Karthik as the reserve wicket-keeper batsman ahead of young Rishabh Pant for the upcoming World Cup. And now, the recent injury sustained by Kedar Jadhav during the IPL 2019 has once again probably opened up the doors for the talks about the players who were earlier not picked in the World Cup squad and Pant was one of them. Former Indian cricketer Roger Binny feels that the 21-year-old Rishabh Pant should be included in the team as replacement for Kedar Jadhav.
Before the start of the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Indian skipper Virat Kohli had stated that the performances in the lucrative T20 competition won’t affect their World Cup selection chances. Only in a few games but still this season, while playing for Delhi Capitals (DC), Pant finally proved the world that he surely can finish matches successfully, scoring a total of 488 runs in 16 matches at a decent average of 37.54.
Indian chief selector MSK Prasad had also clarified that Karthik has been included ahead of Pant due to the former’s experience both as a wicket-keeper and a batsman especially in the pressure situations.
He can tear any bowling apart
During a recent interview, Roger Binny, who was part of the 1983 World Cup winning Indian team, stated that fitness holds the key to India’s chances leading upto the 2019 World Cup. He mentioned that in case Jadhav fails to regain complete fitness, then Pant should replace him. Binny noted that the swashbuckling southpaw batsman has the ability to rip apart any bowling attack.
“Fitness, as I say, is the key to India’s chances. I have noted that Kedar Jadhav is under a bit of a cloud. If he doesn’t get fit, I would go for Rishabh Pant. He is one of those players who can tear any bowling apart and win you games,” Roger Binny was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
Binny further mentioned that Pant is someone who can change the course of the game in a quick time. He termed the Delhi batsman as a long-term investment for the future of Indian cricket.
“Pant can change the course of a game in ten overs or half an hour. You need someone like him if you want to win major titles. He may come across as being immature in shot selection at times. But how does one learn? Only by playing more, earning your place in the team. He is a long-term investment,” Binny concluded.