When will Rishabh Pant join playing Xi? Suresh Raina weighed in before the Pakistan clash

Dinesh Karthik can be next to Rishabh Pant in the match against Pakistan for the XI© BCCI

One of the best cricketers in the game, Rishabh Pant yet to have the best of the year from an individual perspective in limited cricket. When it comes to T20I cricket, Pant’s position has been Dinesh Karthik People with perfect ability have been rewarded by the team’s management. T20 World Cup Champion, Suresh Raina feels Pant will return with XI playing a game or two in the league. In a way, Raina hinted that the left-handed hitter might not be in the typical lineup against Pakistan.

“He’s an important player. He’s done it (had done before) in Australia. He scored hundreds of points there and won the Gabba Test for us. He It’s an x-factor because if you see 1-6, there’s no leftie.” Raina said in a chat with News Zee.

“So how they’re going to use him, that’s very important. He’s a very good player and knows how to deal with pressure situations. Hopefully the management has to think about it. way to get him in. So in a game or two, you could see him play again,” the 2011 World Cup champion added.

Both Pant and Karthik could make it into the typical squad but such a formation could make it impossible for the Indian team to play a true all-rounder.

When asked more about Pant’s batting, Raina said that the goalie hitter can be an X-factor as a left-hander on the team. But, it’s about how Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma intends to use him.


“It depends on where he’s coming from. It all depends on Rahul bhai and Rohit, how they want to use him in the 11-year-old group. You just have a leftie bat as a multiplier. factor x. I hope they will,” he said.

India will open the tournament against Pakistan on October 23. In all likelihood, Pant will be on the bench for the match.

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