IPL 2020 will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), its chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed after the global governing council postponed the 2020 T20 World Cup to next year. IPL 2020 will run from September to November and all eyes will be on rising India wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, at least for cricket pundit Dean Jones.
Pant was touted to fill in the big boots of MS Dhoni across format. But as he failed to capitalise on the chances he was given with his poor shot selection and questionable glovework, it opened the doors for KL Rahul. Pant was also severely scrutinized by the media and cricket fraternity.
The T20s is the favourite format for Pant, where he likes to have a go at the bowlers. But Dean Jones said that the IPL 2020 will be a real test of patience for him as he knows that MS Dhoni is back to playing cricket.
“I want to see Shubman Gill open the batting for Kolkata Knight Riders. I think there is an opportunity for it now and the time has come for them to put him at the top of the order and let him play,” Dean Jones told Hindustantimes.
“I am also very keen to see how Rishabh Pant plays. He has been a bit up and down and it will be interesting to see how he handles the pressure of knowing that Dhoni is back playing,” Jones said.
Pant made his national team debut in 2017, courtesy of his power-hitting skills in the shortest format of the game. He has played 28 T20Is for India, so far, and averages 20.50. In the ODIs, he has scored 361 runs, at an average of 26.71.
In the first-class, Pant averages 48, however he has not been able to carry on the same for the national team.