CWC 2019: Rohit Sharma talks about Pant’s inclusion

India’s Rishabh Pant came under fire recently for his inexperience to take on the English bowlers. However, Rohit Sharma came to Pant’s defense and said that Pant lacks confidence at the moment and he is confident that Pant will do well as the tournament progresses.

CWC 2019: Rohit not surprised at Pant's inclusion
Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant during their team’s run-chase against England.

When asked if he was surprised to see Rishabh Pant at the vital No. 4 position, Rohit paused before replying in a hilarious manner, “Not really because all you guys wanted Rishabh Pant to play, right. All you guys, right, from India? Where is Rishabh Pant? Where is Rishabh Pant? There he is at Number 4,” Rohit said at the post-match press conference.

Before the World Cup had started, Rishabh Pant’s exclusion at the expense of all-rounder Vijay Shankar had long been a subject of debate and controversy. With Vijay Shankar picking up to niggle in the nets, Pant was promoted to play against England where the elegant left-hander made 32 off 29 balls on his World Cup debut coming at No.4 at Edgbaston on Sunday.

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Indian vice-captain reckons that the 21-year old Rishabh now lacks a little bit of confidence. “He just needs confidence because, obviously, playing his first game, expecting a lot is not right at the moment from him, but he should just come and play and enjoy his cricket. When he does that, he will do well,” he said.

“I think, for someone like him also to come and play, he needs to spend some time in the middle and see what the pitch is doing, gets used to the condition as quickly as possible,” he said. “So I think it was the right move for him to come at that number (4) because, again, we know what he can do with the bat.”

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