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  • Too early to pass judgement on Rishabh Pant: Rohit Sharma

    first_imgIndia’s stand-in captain Rohit Sharma made it clear Rishabh Pant will be their 1st-choice wicketkeeper-batsman in the upcoming 3-match T20I series against Bangladesh.Rohit Sharma said it’s too early to pass any judgement on Rishabh Pant and that the young wicketkeeper-batsman needs more backing than anything else at this point in his career.Pant heads into the T20I series on the back of an array of ordinary performances for the senior national team. He also lost his spot to a fit-again Wriddhiman Saha in the Test side in the recently-concluded South Africa series.Pant has been struggling for consistency across all formats. His average in T20Is reads 20.31 and his performances in the shortest format of the game in 2019 have been far from impressive. In 10 matches in the year, Pant has scored a fifty-plus score only once and has gotten out on single-digit scores 6 times.With chief selector MSK Prasad hinting that India have moved on from MS Dhoni, Pant was expected to get a longer rope. However, with Sanju Samson earning a call-up after some consistent performances in the domestic circuit, there is pressure on Pant.”Both wicket-keepers (Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson) that we have in our squad are pretty talented. We have stuck with Pant, this is the format that gave him lot of attention, this is the format that he excelled to start with,” Rohit Sharma said on the eve of the 1st T20I in Delhi.”We have to stick with him [Pant] for a while and see what he does. We have seen how well he can take the game forward if he has his day. We just need to back him a little more.advertisement”He’s hardly played 15-20 T20Is. So it’s still very early to judge whether he is good or not. I still feel there’s a lot of time left before we pass any judgement on Rishabh.”Rohit also indicated that Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube could be handed his international debut when the hosts clash with Bangladesh in the opening Twenty20.”We will assess now and probably a bit before the game as well. But both (Sanju and Dube) are definitely in the fray. One of them might definitely play. You might see in playing XI. All doors are open for everyone. Anyone might come into the playing XI any moment,” said Rohit at the pre-match press conference.20 seconds of Shivam Dube #TeamIndia #INDvBAN @Paytm pic.twitter.com/yWiVUpDQ8f BCCI (@BCCI) November 2, 2019Meanwhile, Rohit also said his job as India’s stand-in captain is to continue from where Virat Kohli has left the team. Having got limited opportunities to lead Team India, especially in the shorter formats, it is safe to say Rohit has done well.”My job as a captain is very simple. I am not a regular captain. I just want to take the team forward from where Virat Kohli has led the team. There are certain thought process that is going on with the team right now. I just want to carry that forward.”Every individual is different but what I have done with the limited opportunities that I have got is, I have tried to maintain what Virat had done.”In the absence of Virat Kohli, who has been rested for the T20I assignment against Bangladesh, Rohit will be leading India in what is expected to be a hard-fought T20I series.Also Read | India want to be No. 1 in all 3 formats: Rohit Sharma ahead of Bangladesh T20I seriesAlso see:last_img read more