IND vs WI: Vikram Rathour speaks on Rishabh Pant opening the batting in T20Is

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IND vs WI: Vikram Rathour speaks on Rishabh Pant opening the batting in T20Is

IND vs WI: India batting coach Vikram Rathour said the team hasn’t decided whether to try opening the batting with Rishabh Pant again in the T20I series against the West Indies.

Pant opened the batting against the West Indies in the second One-Day International last week and moved to the fifth place when Shikhar Dhawan returned to the lineup.

“We haven’t really decided that yet, we still have a couple of days to go. We had a travel day and rest day, so today we have our first practice day, once we get to look at the wicket and the kind of surface we are playing,” said Rathour during a virtual press conference on Monday.

“We’ll then see, we have options available, KL is out I understand, we have Ishan and Ruturaj in the mix, so we will see,” he added.

The India batting coach stressed that Pant is better suited to play in the middle order for the time being.

“We have options, Rishabh is a fantastic player, he can play good cricket up the order but it depends what the team needs and what we are looking at,” said Rathour.

“I have no doubt that he will be in team post-2023 too but we can utilize him more precisely in the middle order or lower order,” he added.

Three T20Is between India and the West Indies will begin on Wednesday at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

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