Neither Virat nor Rohit can replace Pant; An Australian legend
Rishabh Pant has been a part of the Indian cricket team for a long time. Although he could not perform well in any format other than Tests for a long time, the player was a regular presence in the Indian team.
But Pant was seriously injured in a car accident recently and is now on the road to recovery.
In the next World Test Championship, the Indian team will play a four-day series against Australia, and if they win the series, they will get to play the final against the England Test team.
But Australian legend Ian Chappell said that Rishabh Pant’s presence is essential for the Indian team even if they have to play the final against the Pat Cummins-led England team and win the title.
Chappell spoke to ESPN Cricinfo.
“Lack of ball is a big obstacle for the Indian team. No other player can replace Ball. Because the ability of the ball to attack the bowlers well is tremendous. He is also adept at dominating the bowlers. India should focus more on the top order,’ said Chappell.
“Rohit Sharma, Virat and Pujara can dominate bowlers like Nathan Lyon. But it may not be possible to do it continuously like the ball. So they are not substitutes for the ball,’ said Chappell.
In the absence of Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan and KS Bharath are likely to take their place in the team.
Meanwhile, the Indian cricket team is on its way to victory in the second T20 match against New Zealand. The Kiwis, who batted first, scored 99 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs, while India, who batted in reply, scored 41 runs for the loss of one wicket in seven overs.
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