Following a brilliant run in the Test matches in Australia and in the ongoing home series against England, dynamic wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is in line to earn a call-up to India’s T20I set-up for the upcoming five-match series against England.
Following the culmination of the four-match Test series, India and England will lock horns in eight white-ball internationals. The white-ball leg will kickstart with the five-match T20I series in Ahmedabad and will be followed by three One-day Internationals in Pune.
If Rishabh Pant does earn a call-up to the T20I squad, then it will mark his comeback in the set-up for the first time since last year’s tour of Australia.
Pant has been out of favor as far as the white-ball set-up is concerned since January 2020. He was a part of the squad that toured New Zealand for five T20Is and three ODIs in February last year but the southpaw did not a single opportunity to play as India opted to hand over the gloves to KL Rahul.
With KL Rahul becoming a lock as a first-choice keeper in white-ball cricket, it became apparent that Rishabh Pant would have to compete with Sanju Samson for the 2nd keeper spot.
Pant wasn’t included in either of the white-ball squads that played in Australia last November-December with the management opting to allow Sanju Samson to assert his place in the set-up.
Samson, however, could not make the most of the opportunities he got in Australia and with Rishabh Pant in the form of his life currently, it could mean that the former could make way for the 23-year-old Delhi swashbuckler.
Apart from Rishabh Pant, Mumbai swashbuckler Suryakumar Yadav is also in line for his maiden T20I call-up
Suryakumar Yadav has been knocking on the door of Indian cricket for some time now. The Mumbai cricketer has been hugely consistent in domestic cricket in the last few years.
Yadav was in the form of his life in the last IPL where he smashed as many as 480 runs for the Mumbai Indians. And, so it came as a huge surprise when he was overlooked by the selectors for the T20I series in Australia.
According to reports in media, SKY is already at the National Cricket Academy and the likes of Manish Pandey or Shreyas Iyer could make way for him in the T20I squad.