India vs Australia: Veteran Opines Rishabh Pant Exclusion From 3rd T20I Playing XI

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Former cricketer Aakash Chopra recently opened up on Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant. Chopra believes Pant might not find a place in Team India’s playing XI for their crucial T20I series decider against Australia on Sunday, September 25, in Hyderabad.

Rishabh Pant might not be a part of playing XI

Pant was not featured in Team India’s playing XI in the T20I series opener against Australia. While the left-handed batter returned to the team for the subsequent clash, he didn’t get a chance to bat in the eight-over-per-side contest.

Speaking on his YouTube channel ahead of the fixture, he suggested that India could go ahead with an extra bowler, backing Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar over Pant. He opined that the Men in Blue could make this change, considering this won’t be a shortened game like the second T20I.

Chopra mentioned that Kumar could get the nod, as he has done well at the venue while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He, however, added that the Indian think tank should play Deepak Chahar if they want to persist with Harshal Patel for T20 World Cup 2022.

He explained:

“It is clear that Rishabh Pant will have to miss out. One of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar will come into the playing XI in place of Pant. You would want to play Bhuvneshwar and he has also played a lot of matches at this venue.

However, it is worth noting that teams can still make changes to their T20 World Cup squad until October 15. If India are quite clear that they want Harshal Patel in the side, they should then prefer Deepak Chahar over Bhuvneshwar for this game.”

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