Why India should try Rishabh Pant as a backup opener in ODIs

Can Rishabh Pant be India's new opener in ODI cricket?The Indian team has achieved a lot of success in the ICC World Test Championship and recently, Virat Kohli ’s side has dominated its rivals in the T20 format as well.

India’s batting unit comprised Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar in that match.

Sharma and Dhawan will always be India’s top opening batsmen, and the disappointing performances of Shaw and Agarwal would tempt the selectors to think about a new option.

Pant went after the bowlers in the power-play overs and since he is a big hitter, he did not find it difficult to score runs quickly during the fielding restrictions.

With his performances in the middle order during the series against West Indies, Pant showed that he has the temperament to play a big innings.

The team management would not want to alter the opening combination in Tests because of the overseas tours while the consistency of KL Rahul leaves no room for yet another back-up option in T20I cricket.

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