Sourav Ganguly wants selectors to add a player for Australia and New Zealand ODIs
"He is an outstanding player."
Updated - Jan 5, 2019 6:31 pm
A few days ago, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the ODI squads for the three-match ODI series against Australia and New Zealand. In both teams, they decided to make a few changes and left out some of the players, one of them was Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who has been in jaw-dropping touch of late both with the gloves and the bat in hand.
He made his ODI debut against the Windies in October and couldn’t quite deliver in the 50-overs fixtures. Nevertheless, recently, he scored his second international century at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and helped India notch 622 runs in the first innings. The 21-year-old is also the second-highest run-scorer of the series with 350 runs in seven innings at an average of 58.33.
He is an asset for India
In the meantime, Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian captain, heaped praises on the Uttarakhand-born cricketer and reckoned that he can turn out to be a game changer in the World Cup, which is scheduled to get underway on May 30. The 46-year-old also remarked that Pant should be added in the squads for the Australia and New Zealand series.
“He is an outstanding player and all I would like to tell the selectors is that he should play all the formats because he could be a match-winner for India in the World Cup. He can play at Number 4 because he has an uncomplicated batting style. He plays the fast bowlers with ease and hits them for boundaries,” Ganguly was quoted as saying in India TV.
“In the first two Tests he threw his wicket away but today (Friday) he controlled himself and his batting never looked in trouble. He is an asset for India and his keeping will improve with time and he will play for India for the next 10-15 years. So, I just want the selectors to add one more player to the team and play him in the upcoming series against Australia and New Zealand,” he added.