Rishabh Pant can be a match-winner in T20s: VVS Laxman

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Former batsman VVS Laxman believes Rishabh Pant can be a match-winner for India in the T20 format and must be given a longer rope retaining the upcoming T20 World Cup in thoughts.

The 23-year-old wicket-keeper batsman was lately named in the restricted over squad for the upcoming 5 T20Is towards England after being dropped from the white-ball leg of the Australia tour.

Pant has been in terrific kind in Tests and performed a key position in India’s win in Sydney and Brisbane towards Australia and the fourth Test towards England in Ahmedabad.

“We have seen him play under pressure for Delhi Capitals and win matches. As a left-hand batsman, he gives that option where the opposition captain can feel the heat once he gets going,” stated Laxman stated on Star Sports present ‘Game Plan’.

“I think he is a great addition and I hope they don’t judge him by one or two innings because if you’re keeping in mind the world cup, it can be a long rope. Once he has the security, we know that he can win matches just by himself.”

Pant had cracked a breathtaking 101 off 118 balls to assist India rating 365 in the fourth Test, apart from scoring a 97 at Sydney and an unbeaten 89 at Brisbane that led India to a historic sequence win towards Australia in January.

India will be taking over England in a five-match T20 International sequence, beginning on March 12.

Laxman, a veteran of 134 Tests, feels Pant can fulfil the finisher’s position in the group together with Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja.

“In this situation, it could just strengthen the finishers in the Indian team because over the last one and one and half years, we are overly dependent on Hardik Pandya, and (Ravindra) Jadeja when he comes at number 7,” Laxman stated.

“But if there is one batsman in the Indian batting line-up who from the first ball can play those shots is Pandya. Pant with the kind of form and maturity; it’s not only about the form but the maturity with which he’s batted in test matches, I think he (Pant) will be a matchwinner.”

Laxman additionally had phrases of reward for Mumbai batsman Suryakumar Yadav, who had earned his maiden nationwide name for the T20 sequence towards England, beginning March 12.

“He deserves it, I think he (Suryakumar) is a great role model for youngsters, especially in India,” Laxman stated.

“We’re not sure if he (Suryakumar) will get to play in the playing XI but he definitely deserves a spot in the squad of that T20 Indian team.”

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