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Mahela Jayawardene Backs Rishabh Pant To Open In 2022 T20I World Cup


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Mahela Jayawardene, the former Sri Lankan legendary cricketer has backed left-hander batter, Rishabh Pant, to open for India in the forthcoming 2022 T20I World Cup with fitness being an issue for KL Rahul. The opening slot has been one of the most experimented positions in the batting line-up in T20Is for India since the 2021 World Cup.

As many as 11 batters, including captain Rohit Sharma, have been featured in the position with Ishan Kishan making the most appearances and scoring the most runs. But with KL Rahul being declared fit earlier this week, he has been slotted into the Asia Cup squad ahead of the left-handed batter as India’s opener.

KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: Twitter)
KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Mahela Jayawardene Backs Rishabh Pant As An Option To Open In 2022 T20I World Cup

KL Rahul is yet to make an appearance for India since IPL 2022. Having struggled with injury concerns, KL Rahul is slated to make his first appearance in the impending three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe before travelling to the UAE for the Asia Cup.

However, Mahela Jayawardene, who has strongly supported a left-handed option at the top of the order and has valued the importance of having a strong left-hand, right-hand combination, has backed Rishabh Pant to open for India in the 2022 T20I World Cup if KL Rahul fails to find form in Asia Cup.

Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene (Photo| Mumbai Indians website)
Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene (Photo| Mumbai Indians website)

“Even though he (Pant) hasn’t done that (open the batting) much in domestic cricket, he has the capacity to do that,” Mahela Jayawardene told Sanjana Ganesan on the latest episode of The ICC Review.

“Wherever he bats, you’re not going to change his game. He is going to be a very natural player so yes, it is an option (for Pant to open)” Mahela Jayawardene said.

Rishabh Pant has so far opened for India only twice for India in T20I cricket, in the series against England last month. He scored 27 runs in 20 balls across the two innings, laced with six and four boundaries.

Rishabh Pant Was The 1st Asian Keeper Batter To Score Ton In Both Tests And ODIs On England

This isn’t the first time Rishabh Pant has been touted to open for India in white-ball format. Veterans and experts in the recent past have suggested selectors and team management ponder over the option and make the most of his aggressive batting in the presence of fielding restrictions.

Rishabh Pant (Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar VIP)
Rishabh Pant (Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar VIP)

Following his match-winning knock against England in the final ODI, India’s Rishabh Pant has become the first Asian wicketkeeper-batter to register a century in both Tests and ODI on English soil.

Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten 125* and his 133-run partnership with Hardik Pandya helped India chase down 260 in the final ODI of the three-match series at Manchester and win the series 2-1.



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