Cricketer-turned-commentator Nasser Hussain feels India wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant walking in at number six in the five-match Test series against England is a bit too high for him, considering the testing conditions on offer.
The 23-year-old is a vital member of the Indian team and can change the complexion of a game within few overs. Over the past six months, the maverick wicketkeeper-batter has been in the rich vein of form and his presence in the team has created a fear in the opponent’s mind.
But despite the southpaw being in great form, Hussain believes number six is not a good position for Pant to bat during the five Test matches. While speaking to Daily Mail, Hussain also spoke about the team combination for Virat Kohli’s men and opined India can play two spinners if the pitches are slow and low.
“Of what I have seen of India, if England can get a par score in the first innings, with the seam-bowling resources they have, then they should be confident. Rishabh Pant at six in England is one place too high. India will have to find a new opener as Shubman Gill has been ruled out and can they afford to pick Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin if the ball is moving around? If they play on flat, belting pitches they can.”
Pant, who was detected with COVID-19 has recovered and returned a negative RT PCR report. The report comes as a short in the arm for the Indian team, who are currently in Durham to play a practice game. Although it seems unlikely that he will play the warm-up game, the maverick wicketkeeper-batter will soon join the team’s bio-bubble ahead of the Test series which starts on August 04.
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