ICC World Cup 2019: Kapil Dev Bats For Rishabh Pant’s Inclusion in the Squad
The recent debacle against Australia in the five-match ODI has raised a lot of eyebrows about Indian National Cricket team’s combination of the ICC World Cup 2019. Meanwhile, one such name which has been under consideration vehemently is Rishabh Pant. A great striker of the ball and capable of winning matches, many pundits have backed the Delhi cricketer to be in the flight to England. Former World Cup-winning skipper Kapil Dev is the latest addition to the bandwagon saying that players who can win matches single-handedly should be in the team.
However, Rishabh Pant’s recent ODI form is not so impressive. He has struggled to replicate his Test form in the one-dayers and has often been kept out of the playing XI. In the four matches he played against Australia, the talented wicket-keeper managed to score only 56 runs from four innings with the highest score of 36. Although many have touted him as the successor of MS Dhoni, Pant needs to come a long way. He needs to improve his wicket-keeping skills, but Kapil Dev believes the young cricketer has everything he needs to be where Dhoni presently is.
“(MS) Dhoni has set the standard very high. Yes, Pant has the ability but he has a long way to go,” Kapil said during an event.
Furthermore, Kapil Dev also added that Ravichandran Ashwin is already an established all-rounder. However, Ravindra Jadeja can also become a world-class all-rounder if he works hard towards it. The former all-rounder also mentioned that England’s Ben Stokes is currently the best in the business.
“If Jadeja puts his head to it, he can become a very good all-rounder,” he added.
I would go for a match-winner: Kapil
Talking about the team selection for the showpiece event, Kapil Dev recommended that he would have always gone for a match-winner. He also added that MS Dhoni would play as a wicket-keeper while Rishabh Pant would be the one who can finish games on his own. Amidst the no four batsman conundrum, Dev’s view will throw a new perspective debate to the debate.
“If I am the captain or chairman of selectors, I would go for a match-winner. A guy who can win matches from no-win situations. Dhoni will be the wicket-keeper, Rishabh Pant is the guy who almost won a Test match for us in England from an amazing no-win situation,” he concluded.
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