Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman feels that the Indian team should pick Rishabh Pant for the wicketkeeper-batsman slot in the forthcoming ICC T20I World Cup 2021. Laxman believes that Rishabh Pant has the ability to take away the game from any opposition in any situation. ICC T20I World Cup 2021 is scheduled to be played in India in October-November later this year.
Over the last few years, many wicketkeepers have shown commendable performances at the domestic and international levels. After MS Dhoni announced his retirement in August last year, there is a need for a permanent wicketkeeper for team India. There is no denying of fact that Rishabh Pant has earned the love of cricket fans and selectors with his performances during Australia and England series. However, there are other wicketkeeper batsmen too who have a lot of capability.
I Just Feel Rishabh Pant Is The Player Whom You Should Pick: VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman said that Sanju Samson, KL Rahul, and Ishan Kishan are some good choices for wicketkeeper-batsman but feels that Rishabh Pant is the best choice for the slot.
“India is spoilt for choices. The way Sanju Samson has batted, kept and led Rajasthan Royals (in ongoing IPL), even though he did not have too much of experience (in captaining) a side. Then there’s Ishan Kishan. K L Rahul has done well whenever he got the gloves, and batted either top of the order or in the middle”, Laxman said.
Laxman believes that Rishabh Pant has really improved and impressed everyone with his wicketkeeping abilities.
“But somehow I just feel Rishabh Pant is the player whom you should pick for the wicketkeeper-batsman slot. I will definitely go for Pant. Not only that he’s really improved and impressed everyone with his keeping abilities, but as a left-handed batsman, he’s someone who can take away the game from any opposition in any situation in the middle overs,” Laxman further said.
While Rishabh Pant is definitely leading the race for the wicketkeeper batsman’s slot, IPL 2021 will play a major role in the selections of players for ICC T20I World Cup 2021. Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant has smashed a century (51) in IPL 2021 so far. Rajasthan Royals’ skipper Sanju Samson hit a magnificent century against Punjab Kings. KL Rahul, who leads Punjab Kings, has smashed 2 half-centuries in IPL 2021 so far, one of which was a 91-run-knock. Mumbai Indians’ Ishan Kishan is yet to play any big knock in IPL 2021.