Rishabh Pant as opener with Rohit in World Cup? Gavaskar backs Shane Warne’s idea

first_imgRishabh Pant as opener with Rohit in World Cup? Gavaskar backs Shane Warne’s ideaFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar has backed Shane Warne’s idea of India opening with Rishabh Pant and Rohit Sharma during the ICC World Cup in England and Wales this year.advertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiFebruary 14, 2019UPDATED: February 14, 2019 22:41 IST Rishabh Pant is likely to make the cut for India for the upcoming ICC World Cup (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShane Warne had floated the idea of India opening with Pant and Rohit in World CupPant has batted just once at No.5 and once at No.6 in the 3 ODIs he has played so farThe 21-year-old is on the selectors’ radar for the ICC World Cup in England and Wales later this yearHard-hitting southpaw Rishabh Pant has found another backer in cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar for him to be considered for the ICC World Cup squad of 15.Gavaskar has seconded Shane Warne’s radical idea of opening the innings with Pant and Rohit Sharma.”Yes, why not. If you open with Rishab Pant, it opens up a third option for you as well. If he does well at the top, he is someone who can also be played in the middle order,” Gavaskar told India Today.Australian spin genius Shane Warne had first suggested in an interview to India Today that India should consider opening with Pant and Rohit Sharma as a shock move for the opposition.”I can’t see why Rishabh Pant can’t play as a batsman. He is outstanding. Maybe even open the batting with Rohit Sharma. I know Shikhar Dhawan does a great job but Rishabh Pant opening the batting with Rohit Sharma could be pretty cool too for India. Go with some of these X-factor type things and tactical battles where you surprise the opposition.”It could be worth throwing Rishabh Pant at the top of the order for a couple of games and see how he goes. Maybe against Australia now (upcoming series) and experiment and see how he goes for the World Cup. Dhawan may have a role to play somewhere else. But I am really looking forward to seeing what India have because they have a lot of players who can do a lot of roles,” Warne told India Today.advertisementRohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are currently one of the most successful opening pairs in world cricket. But Dhawan has had his share of off days and Warne and Gavaskar want India to be open to the idea of starting with Pant’s explosive batting.”Pant is a left hander as well. It’s important to have a left-right combination going because it does make the bowlers task that much more difficult. That’s why Rohit-Dhawan have been so successful. So have Sachin-Ganguly and Sehwag-Ganguly in the past. So if Pant succeeds as an opener, that’s great for your side,” Gavaskar opined.When Indian selectors sit to pick the team for upcoming ODI series against Australia on Friday, Pant’s inclusion and batting position could be hotly debated.Also Read | Pant, Rohit as openers for India in World Cup? Shane Warne has an interesting takeAlso Read | Rishabh Pant will be India’s match-winner at 2019 ICC World Cup: Ashish NehraAlso Read | Rishabh Pant is still a work in progress: Deep DasguptaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow Sunil GavaskarFollow Team IndiaFollow ICC World CupFollow Shane Warnelast_img