‘Can’t drop Rahul’: Indian coach’s huge hint about Pant’s chances against South Africa | Cricket

India is not even considering the prospect of dropping KL Rahul after just two poor innings in the T20 World Cup, Indian batting coach Vikram Rathour said ahead of their Super 12 Group 2 match against South Africa in Perth on Sunday. India’s vice-captain Rahul scored 1 out of 4 against Pakistan and 9 out of 12 against the Netherlands. More than the scores, the cautious way Rahul has approached the innings at the top of the standings will keep Indian team management engaged. But Rathour’s comments gave nothing away. He even confirmed that there was no chance of dropping the stylish right-hander.

“No. We don’t really think about that,” Rathour tentatively dismissed the idea of ​​Pant’s recording. practice matches. So we’re not changing anything,” Rathour said in the pre-match press conference on Saturday.

India has no other designated opener in their roster for this World Cup, but players like Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav have opened in this format.

Although Pant is an absolute match winner, it is difficult to fit both Dinesh Karthik and him into the same playing squad. Also, with the team tug-of-war in Karthik for a specific role, there’s no chance the 37-year-old will be left out of the playing XI.

“Unfortunately, only 11 players can play and I know and understand that Rishabh is a fantastic player and we know he can be destructive against any opponent,” Rathour said.

While Rathour wanted to soften the blow, but it was clear they weren’t even thinking about Pant.

“The message to him is: be ready and your chance could come any moment. He should be ready mentally and physically. He does and you may have seen him practice regularly. I’m sure he will be ready when the opportunity presents itself.” occurs,” says Rathour. sounded a bit hollow when trying to read between the lines.

When asked why Rahul has a tempered approach to the Powerplay compared to Rohit Sharma, he admitted that once he’s back in shape, things will change.

“Each player has their own way of playing and composing their innings. A good partnership is one where one complements the other. If Rahul is in good form, he can also be the aggressor,” added the former Punjab fanatic up.

He also said there is no conscious pattern in Virat Kohli’s approach.

“Not really. It depends on the circumstances and we are proud to be a team that adapts to the circumstances. He (Kohli) is good enough to change his game according to the circumstances. He did that brilliantly and we expect him to continue to do so.” he claimed.

The batting coach also believes that there won’t be too many more than 200 scores in this World Cup. “Playing intent is the goal. We want to score points, but we want to adapt to the conditions. I’m not doing ‘I don’t think this is more than 200 wickets, so we will have to adapt,” said Rathour.


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