Ind vs WI 2nd ODI: Sunil Gavaskar shares his opinion on India’s opener pairing- Former Indian Cricketer Sunil Gavaskar shares his opinion on Rishabh Pant Opening the Batting with Rohit Sharma in 2nd ODI. India won the second match of the India vs West Indies ODI series by 44 runs. After this match, some former Indian players have shared their opinion.
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has shared his opinion on Rishabh Pant’s opening batting with Rohit Sharma in the second ODI against West Indies. India won the game by 44 runs as their bowlers defended a total of 237/9 posted by their batsmen. Rohit scored five runs in the game while Pant scored 18 runs in 34 balls. Overall, the Indian batting didn’t go as well in the game as they would have liked.
Sunil Gavaskar gave his opinion on the Indian opening pair and especially their disappointing performance with the bat. He said that the Indian team’s choices of openers were poor.
India won the match and the three-match ODI series on the back of Prasidh Krishna’s impressive performance (4/12). But Sunil Gavaskar while talking to Star Sports said that the experiment of batting with Pant was not good. The southpaw was trying to hoist the ball as he misjudged a pull shot to dismiss him.
Sunil Gavaskar said during a mid-innings show on Star Sports, “I would keep that as a last option maybe. My Choice would be either a KL Rahul or a Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the order. Or if you want a left-hander at the top of the order, I would go back to an Ishan Kishan”
Ind vs WI – Sunil Gavaskar shares his Opinion on Rishabh Pant Opening the Batting with Rohit Sharma in 2nd ODI
Against the West Indies, the Indian captain made Rishabh Pant bat at number 4 in the first ODI and number 2 in the second ODI, which was a wrong decision. In the second ODI, KL Rahul opted to bat at No 4 and India opened with Pant and Rohit Sharma. This decision of the captain shocked many people including the commentary panel. And Sunil Gavaskar shared his opinion on this step.
Certainly, India must realize that Rahul is best suited to bat at number four in the middle order, where he already has an impressive average. Sharing his thoughts on Pant opening, Gavaskar feels that one of the reasons behind this move could be to provide India a quick start inside the first powerplay and it pays off the move, it is a plan that Maybe which India can consider for next year’s 2023 World Cup.
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Gavaskar also supported the promotion of Ruturaj Gaikwad as an opener after recovering from Kovid. He contracted the Covid virus ahead of the first ODI against West Indies along with the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer.
Gavaskar said I think the thinking behind it was the first 10 overs. It’s where India sometimes doesn’t score as many as it should be. So they could have sent Rishbabh Pant so that he could take advantage of the field restrictions. This is an experiment. Make no mistake. If it works, it can be a template they would like to carry forward as they go on to the World Cup in India next year. It’s something that they would certainly look at.
In the second ODI, KL Rahul’s use of number replacement did not work as Pant was dismissed for 18 runs in 34 balls with the help of three fours. Pant opened for India for the first time in ODIs. Prior to this, Pant made 11 innings debut for India in U19 ODIs between 2015 and 2016, scoring 454 runs at an average of 41.27 with one century and four fifties. Six of them were during the U19 World Cup in 2016, where he scored 267 runs at 44.50 with one hundred and two fifties.