3. Added flexibility to the team
Rishabh is mainly a wicketkeeper and an aggressive middle-order batsman. But if he is used as an opener, he can give flexibility to the team. A team is always benefited from multidimensional players.
Pant’s rise as an opener would provide the selectors with more options in the bowling department. The management can easily include an extra pacer or an all-rounder in the squad in place of a backup opener.
In big tournaments like World Cup, it is important to have extra bowling options. This helps the team to cope with last minute injuries. Moreover the management can even allow his frontline bowlers to rest before some big matches.