India vs Australia 2019: With World Cup around the corner, former Australian spin wizard Shane Warne has suggested that Rohit Sharma should open the batting with Rishabh Pant. It could be surprising for fans as Rohit along with Shikhar Dhawan has formed a successful pair at the top of the order. The duo of Gabbar and Hitman has amassed 4318 runs in 96 ODI innings at an average of 45.45 which includes 14 hundred. Hence, it would be surprising to see the management tinker with the openers with the World Cup around the corner.

“There has been talk if Rishabh Pant can play in the side. I think Dhoni and Pant both can play. I can’t see why Rishabh Pant can’t play as a batsman, he is outstanding. Maybe even open the batting with Rohit Sharma. I know Shikhar Dhawan does a great job but Rishabh Pant opening the batting with Rohit Sharma could be pretty cool too for India. Go with some of these X-factor type things and tactical battles, where you surprise the opposition,” Warne told India Today in an interview.

“It could be worth throwing Rishabh Pant at the top of the order for a couple of games and see how he goes. Maybe against Australia now [upcoming series] and experiment and see how he goes for the World Cup. Dhawan may have a role to play somewhere else. But I am really looking forward to seeing what India have because they have a lot of players who can do a lot of roles,” he added.

Meanwhile, Pant has been in good form lately. He scored 350 at an average over 55, Pant was backed by many veterans of the game to be included in India’s World Cup plan.