Virat Kohli Won't Give Extra Chances To 'Newcomers' For T20 WC & Rishabh Pant Better Listen Up
The Indian cricket team is scheduled to play around 30 games before their ICC T20 World Cup campaign begins in 2020 in Australia. While the team consists of a strong and talented bunch of cricketers, the ICC World Cup 2019 was a hard-hitting reality check of how we fare in do-or-die situations in big tournaments.
Hence, the BCCI selectors are now on the lookout for players who would bring a perfect balance to the team in terms of the young and zesty playing style of the younger lot mixed with the experience of the veterans of the team.
This, however, also means that players will have very few number of games to prove their worth to the team and that they can help their side bring home the trophy after a 13-year championship drought in the shortest format of the game.
"We are very clear. It is not that anyone will get 30 chances. Even when I came in the team, I didn't think I will get 15-20 games and I knew I will mostly get chances in three to five games and I have to prove myself. One will get suppose five chances and he will have to prove himself. That is the level we are playing at. As the team management has that mindset, the individual should also have the same," Virat Kohli said on bcci.tv.
While youngsters like Shubman Gill and Rahul Chahar will be surely be given their fair share of opportunities, the time between today and the first day of the tournament is specifically crucial for the Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant.
Pant, who has been struggling in all forms of the game against the currently talentless team like the Windies, was also not in top form during his stint with the team during the 50-over World Cup.
#Pant is not helping his case !! Talent has its worth but the real value lies in scoring runs and that too consistently. I hope he is aware there are quite a few waiting in the line !! #WIvIND#RishabhPant— Mikkhail Vaswani (@MikkhailVaswani) August 4, 2019
Statistically, Pant's batting record is passable in the 20-over format. Having batted in 17 innings in India's blue jersey, the southpaw averages 21.57 runs but has an impressive strike rate of 124.79 and two half-tons to boast.
The 21-year-old's true batting potential and the ability to score big runs in a hurry was witnessed firsthand by the Indian cricket fans during the latest season of the Indian Premier League during which he helped his side become the third-best team in the tournament.
It is, therefore, a fact that ICC T20 World Cup has to be the ideal stage for Pant to put on a show with his bat. Unfortunately, with the kind of talent the BCCI selectors have at their disposal, Pant's chances of making it to the final roster are decreasing with every day passing by.