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Rishabh Pant has been chosen along with Dinesh Karthik as one of two wicketkeepers in India’s 15-man squad for the 2022 T20 World Cup. However, the young left-handed batter’s T20 form hasn’t been great lately. In the recently concluded Asian Cup his scores were 14, 17 and 20*. He has a strike rate of 126.21 and an average of 23.94 in 58 T20Is. His underpowered recent T20 form has led many pundits to back Dinesh Karthik in the XI. Former captain of the Pakistan cricket team, Salman Butt, had an interesting look at Pant’s regular failures in T20Is.
“His skill and his strength are too many shots. His downfall is too many shots. Too many shots at once. When he’s successful, he looks spectacular. His range is good and he’s brave too. So many shots. And that’s the problem Sometimes you have to calculate like taking a single after hitting But he is so confident in his abilities that he goes for it and when he fails to connect people ask ‘what’s the problem? ‘ When he connects, you say ‘what a player’. He’s someone who has a free hand to express himself. That’s the way he will be,” Salman Butt said in a discussion on his YouTube channel.
India squad for ICC T20 World Cup: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice Captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.
Standby players – Mohd. Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar.
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