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Rohit Sharma backs Rishabh Pant for wicket-keeping in T20I series


India’s stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma has said his assignment in the T20I series against Bangladesh will be to carry the works with the team from the point regular captain Virat Kohli left.

The first match of the series is scheduled to take place in New Delhi on Sunday.

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Among other talks in the pre-match press briefing, the captain in charge backed Rishabh Pant as the wicket-keeper to stand behind the stumps for the series.

It can be noted that Indian selectors picked two wicket-keeping options for the upcoming T20I series against Bangladesh. Sanju Samson made a return in the team after four years.

“Both wicket-keepers (Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson) that we have in our squad are pretty talented.

“We have stuck with Pant, this is the format that gave him recognition. We have to stick with him for a while, we know how well he can take the game forward if he has his day,”

Indian T20I skipper said.

However, Rohit did not deny all chances for Sanju Samson to be in the team for the series.

“We will assess now and probably a bit before the game as well. But both (Sanju and Dube) are definitely in the fray. One of them might definitely play. You might see in playing XI. All doors are open for everyone. Anyone might come into the playing XI any moment,” he added.

Furthermore, Rohit Sharma reckoned that the hosts will not take Bangladesh team lightly even in absence of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal.

Bangladesh is a very good team. All these years, we have seen how well they have performed, not just at home but away also whenever they have gone out. Especially against us, they have always put us under pressure. So, there’s no way we look this team differently,” he said.

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