Former captain Sunil Gavaskar has weighed into the raging debate relating to the wicket-conserving position within the Indian cricket workforce. KL Rahul did properly with each bat and glouves within the recenlty-concluded ODI collection towards Australia after taking on wicket-conserving duties from Rishabh Pant. However, Gavaskar believes India ought to stick with Pant as he gives extra steadiness to the workforce, contemplating he’s a southpaw. Also, Gavaskar is of the opinion that Pant can take up the position of a finisher at quantity 6.
“I will go with Rishabh Pant in the limited-overs cricket. If you need a finisher at No. 6 then Rishabh Pant can do that for the team,” Gavaskar advised Aaj Tak.
“Also he is a left-handed batsman, so considering the Indian batting line-up where we have only one left-handed batsman in form of Shikhar Dhawan, so if we have another southpaw in top-order then it will be beneficial for the team. So I will go with Rishabh Pant,” he added.
Another former opener Virender Sehwag, nevertheless, doesn’t agree with Gavaskar as he feels the workforce administration ought to proceed with Rahul after doing properly with the bat, regardless of taking on this new position in ODI cricket.
“If K.L. Rahul fails four times batting at No. 5, the current Indian team management will look to change his slot. However, same wasn’t the case with Dhoni, who knew how important it is to back players at such positions, having himself gone through the hard grind,” Sehwag advised Cricbuzz.
India’s T20I Squad vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur