Rishabh Pant should be India's number four for the World Cup: Mohammad Azharuddin

Rishabh Pant should be India’s number four for the World Cup: Mohammad Azharuddin

The former Indian captain stated that he would be surprised if India don't end up winning the World Cup

Mohammad Azharuddin
Mohammad Azharuddin. (Photo By Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

With the World Cup less than four months away, a lot of talk has been going on pertaining to selection. The next few matches that India plays will be crucial in determining the squad. The Men in Blue are scheduled to play five One Day Internationals at home against Australia following the conclusion of the New Zealand tour.

There has been a lot of debate over Rishabh Pant’s selection in the upcoming World Cup. Many former cricketers have touted the youngster as an important prospect. The latest to join the bandwagon is former Indian captain Mohammed Azharuddin. The veteran expects the 21-year-old to be a mainstay at the middle order.

Rishabh Pant should bat at No.4 spot

India and England have been deemed as favorites for winning the 2019 World Cup. The Indian batting looks really strong on paper. Even the bowling has turned up pretty well. Azharuddin stated that he would be surprised if India don’t end up winning the most coveted title in world cricket this year.

Further, the former Indian cricketer vouched for Rishabh Pant in the playing XI. Azhar felt that the wicketkeeper-batsman would be an ideal choice at No.4 in the format. However at the same time, he highlighted that the youngster needs to work upon his wicketkeeping skills in red ball cricket.

“I think I would be very disappointed if India doesn’t win the World Cup in 2019. India has all the talent and ammunition to win the Cup in England. I think India should include Rishabh Pant in the playing XI and he should bat at the number 4 spot,” Mohammad Azharuddin was quoted as saying by Midday.

“But all said and done, Pant still needs to improve his wicket-keeping skills in the longer format of the game, where focus and concentration come in to play,” he added.

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