Team India’s selectors will face an uphill task when they sit down together to pick up the national team’s squad for the upcoming five-match ODI series against Windies. The men in blue tested their bench strength in the recently-concluded Asia Cup in UAE where they emerged triumphant in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli. Also Read - PM Modi to Interact With Fitness Influencers to Celebrate One Year of 'Fit India Movement' on Thursday
Despite the victory in the continental competition, the Indian team’s middle order still remains a mystery and is yet to pass the litmus test against tough opponents. However, with keeping the Cricket World Cup 2019 in mind, the selection committee are likely to make some more changes and will give chance to new players to prove their mettle in the 50-over format. Also Read - MS Dhoni Gets Slammed For Not Coming up The Order And Negative Mindset During RR vs CSK Dream11 IPL Match in Sharjah
One name which has become the talk of the town after his sensational performances in the Test arena since making his debut in England – Rishabh Pant has a great chance of making his ODI debut against Windies in Guwahati on October 21. Also Read - IPL 2020, RR vs CSK: Sanju Samson is The Best Young Batsman in India, Tweets Gautam Gambhir
If the reports are to be believed, young Pant is likely to be included in place of Dinesh Karthik or Manish Pandey as a pure batsman while veteran warhorse MS Dhoni will hold on to his spot behind the stumps. Even though Dhoni hasn’t remained the force that he once was with the bat, he is still a certainty in the XI.
The 37-year old had a horrible run with the bat in the Asia Cup which has once again resurfaced the debate about his place in India’s playing XI. He started with a duck in the first match against Hong Kong and got few more opportunities later, which he failed to convert.
After an ordinary show in his first two Test matches, the 21-year old Pant turned the table at the iconic Oval and played a sensational knock of 114 in the second innings against the likes of Anderson, Broad and Curran. He backed it up with another special performance in the 1st Test vs Windies at Rajkot, smashing a quickfire 92 in India’s first innings.
Pant has shown great promise and rated by many as the next big wicketkeeping star from the coutry after the legendary MS. On the other hand, Karthik has not been able to make much of the opportunities given to him. While he flopped in the two Tests in England — before Pant was brought into the XI — he managed mediocre returns in the Asia Cup. In the last 5 innings, he only managed the scores of 33, 31*, 1*, 44 & 37.