Harbhajan Singh questions Rishabh Pant’s omission from India’s Asia Cup squad
Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni were picked ahead of him.
Published - Sep 12, 2018 3:15 pm | Updated - Sep 12, 2018 3:15 pm
Rishabh Pant has had an auspicious time of late in Indian colours. After making his T20I debut for India last year in Bangalore, he was drafted into the Test team, which recently played a five-match series against England. The Uttarakhand-born cricketer didn’t play the first two matches, but owing to Dinesh Karthik’s lacklustre form, he got a chance in the encounter at Trent Bridge.
Albeit he got off the mark in Test cricket with a gigantic six off leg-break bowler Adil Rashid, he had to encounter travails, both with the willow and the wicket-keeping gloves. In four innings, he managed 43 runs and horror of horrors, he conceded a significant number of byes. The 20-year-old couldn’t hit his straps in the first innings of the last Test match at Kennington Oval as well.
Pant blazes away at Kennington Oval
The batter could only score five runs, but he came into his own in the second innings with a knock of 114 runs. The left-hander deposited Rashid into the stands to accomplish his maiden Test century. Despite India being in a precarious position, he didn’t nurture any inhabitation and played his strokes freely. Most importantly, he didn’t curb his attacking style of play during any point of his superlative knock.
His partnership of 204 runs with opener KL Rahul also bailed India out of jail after the team lost three wickets pretty early in their run chase. A few days ago, the Indian squad for the 2018 Asia Cup was announced and Pant didn’t find a place in the ODI team. Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni were picked.
In the meantime, Harbhajan Singh reckoned that Pant should’ve been in the ODI team as well. He took to Twitter and wrote, “Why is he not in the odi squad for the Asia cup ??? his game is suited more for that format,”
Here is Harbhajan’s post
Why is he not in the odi squad for the Asia cup ??? his game is suited more for that format https://t.co/RmgpAMntok
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 11, 2018
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