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Former Indian National Cricket team head coach and skipper Anil Kumble has backed young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant to get a long run in the one-day internationals. Meanwhile, the selectors dropped the young cricketers from the ODIs against Australia and New Zealand owing to poor form in the series against Windies.

However, Rishabh Pant turned the tables in the Test series against Australia with his aggressive strokeplay. He was in excellent touch in Sydney scoring an unbeaten hundred which earned praise from one and sundry. So much so, few former cricketers drew comparisons with legendary Adam Gilchrist. With his stint in Australia, he has almost sealed the Test berth. However, many called the inclusion of Rishabh Pant across the formats.

Anil Kumble, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Australia vs India 2018/19
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Kumble back Pant for ODIs

Anil Kumble – the former cricketer also backed Pant’s inclusion in the ODI format. The former cricketer feels his outstanding show in the Test format will give him confidence and he will be a different player in the coming days. In addition to, Kumble also said that he is the future of Indian cricket, so it is necessary to bring him at some point of time.

I feel Rishabh Pant is someone you need to test even in the one-day format. I know he played a few matches and he didn’t perform but that’s in the past. He’s done really well in Test match cricket with those hundreds and that’ll give him a lot of confidence. He’s back in the T20I squad and I’m sure he’ll be a different player. So, he needs to be looked at in this format as well because he’s going to be the future. So it’s important that you bring him in at some point in time,” Kumble said to News18.

Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant is unlikely to get a place in India’s world cup campaign despite chief selector MSK Prasad admitting that he is still in their World Cup plans.

Ankush Das

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