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Gavaskar picks Pant over Dhoni for T20 World Cup


Former Indian captain and legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar who is known for giving sensible opinions about Indian cricket has recently said something which might not sound well for MS Dhoni fans.

Gavaskar picks Pant over Dhoni for T20 World Cup
Sunil Gavaskar

According to him, the time has come for the team management to “look beyond Mahendra Singh Dhoni” and also invest in the youth going into next year’s World T20 in Australia.

Needless to say, there has been a constant debate on the options available as Rishabh Pant has not been able to justify his selection right. He has come under fire for his poor shot selection and is getting dismissed very soon. However, Pant is still in the learning curve and consistent run at the team would do a world of good for him.

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Interestingly, Rishabh Pant remains Sunil Gavaskar’s “top-choice” going into the marquee event in 2020.

When asked if MS Dhoni should be picked for the Bangladesh tour, Gavaskar wasn’t really convinced with the question as he spoke his heart out.

“No, we need to look beyond. Mahendra Singh Dhoni at least doesn’t figure in my team. If you are talking about the T20 World Cup, I will certainly think about Rishabh Pant,” Gavaskar was quoted as saying by ‘Aaj Tak’.

However, Pant isn’t one to be looked upon for a long time if he isn’t that consistent. If he fails, then Sanju Samson is an alternative option according to Gavaskar.

“If I need to have an alternate option, then I will think of Sanju Samson because Sanju is a good ‘keeper as well as a good batsman.

“If I have to think of the T20 World Cup, I would think about youth as we need to look forward. Dhoni has made a great contribution to Indian cricket but it’s now time to look beyond him,” the iconic opener said.

Later on the ‘India Today’ channel, Sunil Gavaskar said: “I think he (Dhoni) should be going without being pushed out.”

MS Dhoni, who is yet to call it quits from international cricket, took a two-month sabbatical from the game after the ODI World Cup but the current selection committee has already hinted that it doesn’t want to look behind.

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