Warne wants Pant to open with Rohit Sharma versus Australia

Former Australian legend Shane Warne in a recent interview voiced his opinion about India’s experiment with their top-order batting unit. Warne feels that budding Rishabh Pant can play a substantial role as a key batsman when opened alongside veteran Rohit Sharma in the upcoming home series against Australia which commences on February 24.

Dhoni's absence an opportunity for Pant
Pant in action

Both teams will play 2 T20Is followed by 5 ODIs. Well, India is on the verge of selecting their final 15 for the mega event and Shane Warne backs Pant to play some fearless brand of cricket as an opener.

“There has been talk if Rishabh Pant can play in the side. I think Dhoni and Pant both can play. I can’t see why Rishabh Pant can’t play as a batsman, he is outstanding. Maybe even open the batting with Rohit Sharma,” Warne told India Today.

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“I know Shikhar Dhawan does a great job but Rishabh Pant opening the batting with Rohit Sharma could be pretty cool too for India. Go with some of these X-factor type things and tactical battles, where you surprise the opposition,” said the spin great.

Warne wants India to experiement with their top-order

Shane Warne knows India’s potential and wants the team management to experiment with their top-order especially in the upcoming home series. “It could be worth throwing Rishabh Pant at the top of the order for a couple of games and see how he goes. Maybe against Australia now and experiment and see how he goes for the World Cup.”

“Dhawan may have a role to play somewhere else. But I am really looking forward to seeing what India have because they have a lot of players who can do a lot of roles,” said the 49-year-old.

Talking about the virtual importance of Indian cricket, Shane Warne said its national team can well and truly dominate the cricketing world for years. “I think India can now have a dominant time in world cricket if they can keep their players on the park, the players stay hungry and value the opportunity and be grateful to play Test cricket.”

“Yes, they can make money from IPL and make a fortune. But if they can keep the hunger up to compete in the highest form of the game, that is tests, they can dominate world cricket for a long time,” Warne added.

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