‘If Rohit Sharma is not here…’: former Indian star picks this player ahead of Rishabh Pant as captain’s replacement | Cricket News

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The Indian cricket team managed by Rishabh Pant drew 2-2 in the five-game T20I series against South Africa after the fifth game was abandoned due to rain. It was the star hitter-wicketkeeper’s first series as India’s captain. Under Pant, the Men in Blue lost the first two games before bouncing back in style in games three and four. However, Pant’s form with the bat was not up to par. In five games, he scored just 58 points at an average of 14.50.

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Pant’s performance did not impress former Indian cricket player Wasim Jaffer. He said when the seniors return it will be difficult for Pant to find a place in the XI.

“If Rohit plays, there’s no way Pant is leading. I’ll have Hardik Pandya on the second line. They’ll be my two main guys in the future. If I need to appoint someone as captain, I’ll go see Hardik if Rohit is not there. Going forward, DK will be your first choice. When Virat comes back, Surya comes back, Hardik and Ravindra Jadeja, I think Rishabh Pant will struggle to find a place in the XI,” Jaffer said in a chat on UK Time News.

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“It all depends on what the management thinks. If they want to give him confidence, they will probably find a place. But I think in an ideal world it will be difficult to find a place with Rohit, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, DK. These will be your first seven I think. But if they want to continue with him. I don’t know who is coming out.

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