It was Australian spin legend Shane Warne who first gave the idea of playing Rishabh Pant as opener. He said that Pant should open the Indian innings with Rohit Sharma in the World Cup.
The idea became more endorsed when Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar supported Warne’s statement. Chief selector MSK Prasad also revealed that playing Pant as the opener is an option.
Australia is all set to play limited overs series against India. It would be a great time to test the idea in the upcoming home series. But the question remains – Will the management take the risk and try Pant with Rohit Sharma?
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Here are three reasons why Rishabh Pant should be tried as a opener:
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1. Surprise package for opposition
India has a packed batting lineup which is very strong. But as the combination is settled they lack the element of surprise. In this era of technology, a lot of tactical preparation is done by every team off the field.
The statistician makes note of every weak and strong spots of an opposition, which are later discussed in detail. As a result they should always be a surprise element in the team which can upset the opposition.
This will result in panic and lead to last minute changes in the plan. It is very important to have a surprise package in a vital tournament like World Cup. A slight change can cause unrest in the opposition camp, which can work in favour of the Men in Blue.