Delhi wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has impressed the head coach and national selectors with his brilliant and explosive batting in Test cricket. And if Rishabh Pant’s recent post on Twitter is to go by, he could be handed a debut in the first match of the five-match One Day International (ODIs) series against West Indies in Guwahati.
On Friday evening, Pant, who has been prolific with the bat in the last three Test innings, took to Twitter and wrote, “Always ready to give my 100 per cent on a cricket field. Cannot wait to take on the West Indies in the first ODI on Sunday! #IndiaVsWestIndies #comingup.”
— Rishabh Pant (@RishabPant777) October 19, 2018
Rishabh Pant was included in India’s limited-overs squad after the Men-in-Blue have struggled to get going in the middle order over the past 15 months. The Delhi batsman is expected to be the key to Virat Kohli’s side.
With former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni being the first choice as a wicket-keeper, Rishabh Pant is expected to play as a specialist batsman.
“It is no brainer who is our No 1 wicketkeeper. In search of second wicketkeeper, we have given opportunities to DK and right now we are giving an opportunity to Rishabh Pant. At an appropriate time, we will take a call as to who is the best among the two,” chief selector, MSK Prasad was quoted as saying after he announced the squad for first two ODIs.
Indian squad for first two ODIs against West Indies: Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Rishabh Pant, R Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul