Team India’s mentor at the T20 World Cup, MS Dhoni, was seen helping young wicket-keeper, Rishabh Pant, with some fielding drills during India’s warmup match against Australia on Wednesday.
The two sides are playing their final warmup match before the T20 World Cup begins. Rohit Sharma is captaining the side with Virat Kohli opting to sit out of the game. On the sidelines, Dhoni was initially seen talking to the reserves.
He then moved on to give Pant some ‘keeping tips just outside the boundary line. Dhoni was trying to mimic a batter’s edge while playing the delivery and developing Pant’s reflexes while standing up to the stumps.
Watch MS Dhoni & Rishabh Pant’s mini-session here:
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Team India searching for sixth bowling option
Stand-in skipper for the warmup match against Australia, Rohit Sharma, has revealed that Hardik Pandya is still trying his best to recover from his injury and will only bowl once he is 100% fit. However, having a sixth bowling option is quite necessary in a fickle format like T20s.
Rohit also mentioned that he himself, Virat Kohli, and Suryakumar Yadav are trying their best to contribute with the ball to fill in the void left by Hardik’s inability to bowl.
“Myself, Virat, Surya. We’ll all bowl and see if we can chip in with a sixth option. Even if we play with five bowlers, we’ve got the quality. The sixth bowler just gives you an extra option in case someone is having a bad day,” Rohit said.
India is playing against Australia in the final warmup match on Wednesday. Following this, India will play against Pakistan while Australia meets South Africa in the Super-12 stage.