Harbhajan Singh Believes Rishabh Pant Has The Opportunity To Cement His Place For The World Cup
The senior Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh believes that the upcoming home series against Australia is the opportunity for Rishabh Pant to block his place for the forthcoming World Cup. He has the same opinion about KL Rahul too.
Before the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, India has left an only international assignment, and that is the upcoming Australian series. The host side India will play a two-match T20I and five-match ODI series against Australia from 24 February to 13 March.
Recently, the youngster Rishabh Pant has impressed very much, and he is in the serious contention for India’s World Cup squad. While he missed both the last two ODI series in Australia and New Zealand, the selectors have finally selected him for the upcoming ODI series.
Meanwhile, KL Rahul has also earned a valuable opportunity for the forthcoming ODI series. In recent times, he was in poor form in international cricket. However, he has got this latest opportunity after some good performances for India A.
Harbhajan Singh believes both Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul have great opportunity to seal their spots for the upcoming World Cup. He further added that KL Rahul’s failure would make Rishabh Pant as the third opener for the World Cup. Moreover, he feels that KL Rahul’s failure will open the chance for Dinesh Karthik in the World Cup squad.
Harbhajan Singh recently told Aaj Tak, “This [India vs Australia series] is the opportunity for Rishabh Pant to cement his place in the World Cup squad and for KL Rahul, obviously this is the chance. If Rahul fails to get runs, then we should not be too surprised to see Pant as an opener and Dinesh Karthik could get a spot in the team in that case.”
I don’t think there will be changes in the Indian team for the World Cup
Harbhajan Singh doesn’t believe that there will be any significant changes in the national team for the upcoming World Cup. Even, he feels that the amazing IPL 2019 success will not help to change the selectors’ mindset.
He added, “I don’t think there will be changes in the Indian team for the World Cup even if someone plays amazingly well in the IPL, be it Suresh Raina or any youngster. I don’t think the 15-man squad will change, unless there are injuries or so. BCCI is also looking at the squad in the manner of who to rest and how during the IPL, so the squad is more or less locked.”
Harbhajan Singh’s prediction for the upcoming home ODI series against Australia
The Indian off-spinner thinks that India is currently the best side in international cricket. Talking about the forthcoming ODI series against Australia, Harbhajan Singh is very confident about the Indian team. He believes that India can easily win this five-match ODI series by 4-1, even not giving their full effort.
Harbhajan Singh quoted, “Given India’s current form, I don’t think any team will be able to beat them. Even if India give their 60 per cent, they will win the ODI series 4-1. Jasprit Bumrah’s return is a big plus for Team India.”
India will play the five-match ODI series from 2 March to 13 March. After that, India’s next ODI assignment will be the World Cup. India will begin their World Cup journey on 5 June against South Africa at Southampton.
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