Mumbai: Former batsman VVS Laxman believes that Rishabh Pant can become the match winner for India in T20 format and he needs to be given more chances keeping in mind the upcoming T20 World Cup. is. This 23-year-old wicketkeeper batsman has been selected in the Indian team for the upcoming five T20 Internationals against England.
Pant showed superb form in Test matches
He was not included in the limited overs squad during the Australian tour. Rishabh Pant showed great form in Test matches and played a key role in India’s series win against Australia. He played a century against England in the fourth Test match in Ahmedabad. VVS Laxman said in the Star Sports program ‘Gameplan’, ‘We have seen him playing matches under pressure from Delhi Capitals. Being a left-handed batsman, he gives the option, where once he walks, the opposing captain can get in trouble.
Pant scored 101 off 118 balls in fourth Test match
Laxman said, ‘I believe it is a very good decision to include him and hope that they will not assess him from one or two innings, because if you are keeping the World Cup in mind then it should get more opportunities. Once he gets this protection, we know that he can win the match on his own. Pant scored 101 off 118 balls in the fourth Test match against England. Apart from this, he scored 97 in Sydney and 89 not out in Brisbane. India will face England in a series of five T20 matches from 12 March.
Pant can also play the role of finisher
Laxman, who has played 134 Test matches for India, believes that along with Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja, Pant can also play the role of ‘finisher’ in the team. He said, “In such a situation, the role of finishers in the Indian team will be strong, because in the last one and a half years we have been very dependent on Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja.” Laxman said, “But if there is a batsman in the Indian batting line-up who can play his shots from the very first ball, then he is Pandya.” Pant not only showed form in Test matches but also the maturity with which I bat, I think he will be a match winner.