Cricket: Ashish Nehra gives five reasons why Rishabh Pant should make it to the Indian World Cup Squad

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Former Indian left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra made a strong case for Rishabh Pant’s inclusion in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup. Nehra listed five reasons to go with his claim as well.

Rishabh Pant, whose career is blossoming after being part of The Blues in the recent tours, has earned an admirer in form of Ashish Nehra, who claims that the wicketkeeper-batsman is more than just a mere contributor.

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The left arm seamer went on to elaborate his claims by providing five reasons, Nehra said to PTI:

“In a team, there will always be contributors but at a big event like the World Cup, you need players with X-factor. Rishabh Pant is not a mere contributor but a pure match-winner who should be picked for the World Cup,”

Pant naturally being a left-hander and his versatility are among many of the reasons for his inclusion believes Ashish Nehra. He continued:

“If you look at India’s batting line up, save Shikhar (Dhawan), there aren’t any left-handers in the top seven. You need variety with a left-right combination, where Rishabh perfectly fits,”

“Secondly, Rishabh can bat at any position between Nos 1 to 7 and so Virat (Kohli) and the team management can use him as a floater,” 

Apart from these, Pant’s hitting prowess could prove to be an asset according to the former bowler apart from his ability to win matches on his own. He said:

“If it comes to effortlessly hitting sixes, Rishabh comes second only to Rohit Sharma with his big-hitting ability. India will need that in abundance during the World Cup,” 

“No disrespect, this team has three clear match-winners and they are Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah. For me, the fourth one is going to be Rishabh Pant. Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav and Dinesh Karthik are all fantastic players but they are all in the same mould. You need X-factor which this boy possesses,” 

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