India’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:
Maurizio Sarri has repeated his wish for Chelsea to make a second January signing in order to replace Cesc Fabregas.Two-time Premier League champion Fabregas departed Stamford Bridge for Monaco this month but the only player to arrive at Chelsea in recent weeks has been Gonzalo Higuain, the forward himself replacing Alvaro Morata.One reported midfield target Leandro Paredes completed a move to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, but links to Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic have also now emerged. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Sarri retains hope with just two days of the transfer window remaining.”You know my opinion; I thought it was important to have two players,” Sarri told a news conference on Tuesday. “One has arrived. I am waiting for another.”If he arrived, I will be very happy. But I won’t be too worried. I am happy to play with these players.”Discussing his options in midfield if no new signing were to arrive, Sarri turned his attention to teenager Ethan Ampadu and loan star Mateo Kovacic.”Ampadu didn’t play very well in that position [against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday], but he is very young,” the Blues boss said. “It is a new position.”In the second half, we tried that with Mateo and he can move the ball very fast and clean. We have to see if he can play there in a defensive match, then we can try.”Chelsea were handed a boost in the build-up to Wednesday’s away match against Bournemouth as Callum Wilson – a reported Blues target before Higuain joined the club – is a doubt for the Cherries.”Callum is going to be a doubt for the game,” said Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe. “It’s a knee problem but we’re going to wait and see. We’re going to give him all the time he needs to try to get fit for this game.”Howe added that Bournemouth have had no contact from any club regarding former Chelsea defender Nathan Ake, who has also been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge.