While Ishan Kishan and Dinesh Karthik continued to impress in India’s recent T20I series against South Africa with their scintillating stroke play, substitute captain Rishabh Pant could only manage 58 points in four innings with an average of 14.5 and a strike rate of 105.45, falling too far outside of off-stump deliveries on all four occasions.
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Worried about his place in the T20I setup in a year when the Men’s T20 World Cup will be held in Australia in October-November, head coach Rahul Dravid has fully backed Pant as an “integral part” of the squad in the format. the shortest in the game.
Now India’s former cricketer Mohammad Kaif, who was also an assistant coach for Delhi Capitals, where Pant is the skipper, believes the left-handed wicket-striker can make India’s Cup squad. men’s world T20. but the T20I series against England, which will be played on July 7, 9 and 10 in Southampton, Birmingham and Nottingham, will be crucial for him to regain form.
“He will be in the squad (for the Men’s T20 World Cup). But the England tour will be crucial as an individual, you want to get back in shape as soon as possible because very crucial months are coming, like the world in October and you want to see Rishabh Pant shoot and play his best,” Kaif said during a virtual interaction hosted by Sony Sports on Monday.
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At IPL 2022, Pant scored 340 points with an average of 30.90 and a strike rate of 151.78. Kaif, who played 125 ODIs and 13 Tests for India, admitted Pant was not at his best but he has the support of the team management to get back in shape. The pants will next be seen in action at the Edgbaston test from July 1-5.
“In the World Cup (team) there are still a few months left. Rishabh Pant has done a great job for India. Right now his form is probably not the best. He has the x-factor and the skills to do well for India. He has already done it in his small career for India.