Rishabh Pant set for ODI call-up against West Indies

MUMBAI: In what could be any other boost for his occupation, Rishabh Pant may well be making his ODI debut in opposition to the West Indies in Guwahati on October 21.
Even regardless that his wicketkeeping has come below the scanner, the 20-year-old's stock has been on the rise because of his batting exploits. The left-hander cracked 114 in opposition to England at The Oval in the ultimate Test, and adopted that up with a power-packed 84-ball 92 in opposition to the West Indies in the first Test at Rajkot.


When the nationwide selection committee, led by former India wicketkeeper MSK Prasad, and colleagues Devang Gandhi, Sarandeep Singh, Jatin Paranjape and Gagan Khoda, meets in Hyderabad on Thursday night time to pick the squad for the five-match ODI sequence, together with Pant could be a huge temptation.

The Delhi lad regardless that is more likely to play most effective as a batsman in the ODI group for now. Even regardless that he hasn't remained the drive that he once was once with the bat, Mahendra Singh Dhoni continues to be a simple task in the XI, because of his super experience, which turns out to be useful when environment fields, or guiding the bowlers, particularly the spinners in limited overs cricket.

There is talk that Pant would possibly replace Dinesh Karthik in the squad, however the 33-year-old 'keeper-bat didn't have a nasty Asia Cup - managing ratings of 33, 31*, 1*, 44 & 37. He was once unlucky to be at the receiving end of a nasty lbw determination in the ultimate in opposition to Bangladesh, and didn't have a DRS method to avail. "The problem is that he isn't converting the 30s and 40s into big scores," a source instructed TOI.

Pant's selection also provides the explosive batsman an opportunity to seal a spot in the Indian group for the ODI World Cup in England next 12 months. If he comes just right in the ODIs too, it is going to resolve India's problems in the middle-order, where too many batsmen had been attempted out prior to now few years without a lot good fortune. The teenager's presence would also put pressure on Dhoni to remain on his feet, even as the mythical limited overs batsman eyes a fairy-tale farewell from the game in the World Cup.

There is a belief a few of the selectors that if Pant has to be considered as an possibility for the World Cup, now is the time to start out blooding him and what higher time and sequence to offer him a debut than the one at house in opposition to the West Indies.


With skipper Virat Kohli set to come back again into the squad after lacking the Asia Cup because of "mental fatigue" and a niggle in the wrist, the person most likely to stand the awl is middle-order batsman Manish Pandey. The Karnataka guy performed only one game in the Asia Cup, the tied event in opposition to Afghanistan, and was once out for 8. Kohli, regardless that, is more likely to relaxation himself after the first 3 video games of the sequence. What could assist Pandey hold on to his spot is the hamstring damage to Kedar Jadhav, who might be out of this sequence.


Among the bowlers, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja can believe himself a simple task in the group after his exploits in the Asia Cup. India's best pacers, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are most probably to return after a well-earned relaxation, even as left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed is set to retain his position after an impressive display in the Asia Cup where he performed in opposition to Hong Kong and Afghanistan and seemed reasonably sharp.


For the instant, the selectors are most probably to pick the squad for the first 3 video games, besides pronouncing the India A group which will excursion New Zealand. That aspect is more likely to come with all the Test experts like Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, discarded opener Murali Vijay, and the spinners - Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.


The group for the general two ODIs, and 3 T20 Internationals, could be decided on later.
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