Mumbai: Indian batsmen Ishan Kishan and Dinesh Karthik impressed everyone with their brilliant game in India’s recent T20I series against South Africa. At the same time, stand-in captain Rishabh Pant could only manage 58 runs in four innings at an average of 14.5 and strike rate of 105.45 and was dismissed in the same manner every time. With the T20 World Cup being held in Australia in October-November, head coach Rahul Dravid described Pant as an integral part of the team in the shortest format of the game.
Meanwhile, former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif, who has also worked as an assistant coach with Delhi Capitals, believes that Pant could be a part of India’s squad for the T20 World Cup. But his return to form will be crucial in the T20 series against England to be played in Southampton, Birmingham and Nottingham on July 7, 9 and 10. Kaif said, ‘Pant will be in the team, but the tour of England will be important for him. Pant has to be in form at the earliest, as the very important months like the World Cup are approaching and everyone wants to see Rishabh Pant perform at his best.
Kaif said, “He is still learning because he is 24 years old, so he has a long way to go, something that Rahul Dravid said that as you want a player with good skills, who is a good player for India. to win the match. Pant has done this for India, so he has got the support of the management.
In IPL 2022, Pant scored 340 runs at an average of 30.90 and a strike rate of 151.78. Kaif, who has played 125 ODIs and 13 Tests for India, admitted that Pant is not in good form but has been backed by the team management to get back into form. Pant will now be seen in action during the Edgbaston Test from July 1 to 5.