As Rishabh Pant is the vice-captain for the New Zealand T20 series, it seems that he will be fielded as the opener. In the past, Pant got an opportunity as an opener during the tour of England. But the left-hander could not take advantage of them. But the management hopes to give him more opportunities.
India and New Zealand, who lost in the semi-final of the T20 World Cup in Australia, will now face each other directly in the T20 series. The first match of the three T20 series will be played in Wellington on Friday (November 18). With senior players like Rohit, Virat and Rahul getting rest, Team India will field young players in this series. Now the question is what will the Indian batting order look like without the legendary batsmen. Especially in the absence of Rohit and Rahul, there is a lot of interest in who will enter the ring as openers. So far captain Pandya and coach Laxman have not made any announcements on this matter. But since Rishabh Pant is the vice-captain for the New Zealand T20 series, it seems that he will be fielded as the opener. In the past, Pant got an opportunity as an opener during the tour of England. But the left-hander could not take advantage of them. But the management hopes to give him more opportunities. In addition to this, Rishabh played as an opener in the early days of his career. Therefore, it is reported that Pant himself will enter the ring as an opener. The management hopes that Pant, who has the ability to bat aggressively, will score huge runs in the powerplay.
Another left-handed batsman Ishan Kishan is also in the opening race. Kishan also played as an opener in international T20s. However, he did not get a place in the T20 World Cup team. Now Ishan Kishan has become the main contender for the opening slot in T20 World Cup 2024. Sanju Samson is also competing as an opener in T20 Internationals. Currently, he excels in the middle order and has established himself as Team India’s next finisher, but in the T20 format, Samson has all the credentials to land Samson as an opener. Deepak Hooda is also a contender for the opening. In the Ireland T20 series, he batted in the top order and scored a century. In such a situation, Huda is a good choice for starting position. Along with him, Shubman Gill is also a contender for the opening. This right-handed batsman has experience as an opener in IPL. Apart from this, Gill has good opening experience in ODI and Test formats as well.
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 16, 2022
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