Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant did not receive the nod for the Australia tour in the limited-overs squad. It was indeed not a massive surprise since not only Rishabh Pant has remained consistent in IPL but also for the national team in white-ball cricket. The BCCI has provided an update on the youngster’s chances to play in the coloured clothing in Australia.
Rishabh Pant, who is currently playing for the Delhi Capitals in the ongoing edition of IPL, has not performed as expected. The 22-year old has 217 runs in eight games so far at a strike rate of 117.30 at an average of 31 even as the Delhi Capitals are one of the best-performing sides in IPL 2020. In the last match against Kolkata Knight Riders, the left-handed batsman scored 27 off 33 balls, striking at 81.81.
As far as Pant’s international career in white-ball cricket goes, he has 374 runs in 16 ODIs at 26.71 while his T20I career has yielded 410 runs in 28 fixtures. The BCCI has instead picked Kerala keeper-batsman Sanju Samson in the T20 squad, who has fared reasonably well in IPL 2020, mustering three half-centuries.
BCCI provides an update on Rishabh Pant’s chances of playing white-ball cricket in Australia:
The sources claimed that if Rishabh Pant is needed, he would be added to the squad. A few days ago, the fitness trainer remarked that Pant is currently overweight and regardless of what is obvious on the field, they will have to take his fitness into account. The selectors will talk to trainer Nick Webb before making any move.
“In any case, all three teams will be there, Pant, if need be, can be added to the squad. The Indian team fitness trainer had shared his perspective on Pant some days ago and we believe he’s overweight. Regardless of what’s obvious on the field, the BCCI and the selectors will have to take the fitness report on Pant into consideration before they can pick him. The selectors need to speak to trainer Nick Webb before taking the call,” the sources stated as quoted by Outlook.