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CWC 2019: We’ll go with Pant at No.4, says Bangar


India’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar said that the team management will go with Rishabh Pant at number four slot in the batting order to make use of the left and right advantage in the middle overs.

CWC 2019: We'll go with Pant at No.4, says Bangar
Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant during team’s run-chase against Engla

Shikhar Dhawan’s absence was dearly felt after he was ruled out of the World Cup tournament with a fractured finger.

Rishabh Pant was given the ticket to fly to England for Dhawan’s replacement and the 21-year-old prospect had finally made his World Cup debut in Sunday’s loss to England. He could muster 32 runs to his name.

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“I felt he had decent innings,” Bangar told reporters ahead of Bangladesh game at Edgbaston. “He got 32 and played a couple of good shots, got a partnership going (with Hardik Pandya), so we’re going to persist with him.”

Bangar added that team management was thoroughly feeling Dhawan’s absence.

“The team management was feeling the absence of a left-hander since Shikhar got injured,” Bangar said.

“It was a ploy to use a right-left combination in the middle overs to upset the bowling plans. I feel because of that Adil Rashid could not bowl the number of overs he’d have usually bowled.”

“He’s spent close to two weeks with us now. He has done well at the international level, especially in the test format. The one-day format is slightly newer to him,” said Bangar, who played 12 tests and 15 ODIs for India.

“We’re trying to help him with the various mindsets and the roles that come with the middle order job, and the importance of the right-left combination… so straightaway he can put the pressure back on the spinners.

“It can help the team in a big way. On those lines, we’ve been communicating with him.”

India are placed second in the points table with 11 points and they just need a victory in their final 2 group matches to qualify for the semis.

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