T20 World Cup 2022: “The exclusion of Rishabh Pant is inexcusable”

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell is unimpressed with Rishabh Pant’s omission from India’s XI in the ongoing T20 World Cup. The former Aussie Test captain thinks not only is Pant dangerous, but his glove work is the best on the team.

On the left-hander, the Indian team preferred the experienced Dinesh Karthik behind the stumps. Pant, who played a few games before the tournament, couldn’t take his opportunity and fell short with the bat.

In his column for ESPNCricinfo, Chappell said Pant’s non-selection is “inexcusable” as he is a threat to every opposition and can play aggressively in any phase of the innings.

“Rishabh Pant’s exclusion is inexcusable. If you ask your opponents about dangerous players, his name will always be at the top of the list. Another factor in Pant’s favor is his ability to dismantle an attack at any time during innings. , not just at If there is any more doubt about his selection, Pant’s outfit is by far the best in the Indian team.

Karthik, who returned to Team India this year after a great IPL campaign, is yet to click with the bat. The veteran cricketer has managed scores of 7, 6 and 1 in three legs of the ongoing T20 World Cup.

“An accumulator has been shown to be important in Australian conditions” – Ian Chappell

Ian Chappel.  (Image credits: Twitter)
Ian Chappel. (Image credits: Twitter)

Chappell also underlined the importance of players like Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson in ensuring their respective teams can cope with difficult conditions. The 79-year-old, in particular, hailed Kohli for scoring early without playing unorthodox cricket at the 2022 T20 World Cup.

He added:

“An accumulator has been shown to be important in Australian conditions, as India’s Virat Kohli and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson have proven. Kohli’s ability to score heavily from traditional cricket shots confirms his worth as a hitter in any format. His mantra of not letting fancy hits seep into his test game should be heeded by all cricketers.”

With 220 runs in four matches, including three fifty, Kohli is India’s best run-getter at the 2022 T20 World Cup. Williamson, who had long struggled with form issues, scored a quick half-century against Ireland.

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