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Sanju Samson likely to be first choice WK, Rishabh Pant 2nd in India’s T20 World Cup squad: Report

Sanju Samson likely to be first choice WK, Rishabh Pant 2nd in India’s T20 World Cup squad: Report

Both Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson have put in strong performances, making this a compelling selection battle to watch.

The wait is almost over! With the deadline for the Indian T20 World Cup squad selection just around the corner (May 1st), whispers about the final picks are intensifying. Here’s what we know so far:

Experience trumps IPL 2024 form

While some phenomenal performances have lit up the IPL 2024, a source close to the BCCI selection committee revealed to ESPNcricinfo that recent IPL form won’t be the sole deciding factor. Selectors are prioritizing proven international talent over uncapped players despite their impressive batting displays in the ongoing season.

Rishabh Pant vs Sanju Samson for ICC T20 World Cup

The news will come as a relief to fans of Rishabh Pant, who’s made a successful return from his car accident. However, the wicketkeeper’s slot might not be his for the taking just yet. Sanju Samson is reportedly the frontrunner for the first-choice wicketkeeper position.

Why Sanju Samson?

The selectors seem to be favoring a wicketkeeper-batter who can complement the top three’s batting style. With Rohit Sharma, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, and Suryakumar Yadav likely occupying the top four slots, a spin-hitter like Sanju Samson provides a valuable counterpoint.

Additionally, Jitesh Sharma’s underperformance and KL Rahul’s established role as an opener further strengthen Sanju Samson’s position.

Rishabh Pant significance not diminished

Despite being named second choice, Rishabh Pant remains a crucial player for India. His impactful performances for the Delhi Capitals solidify his role as a valuable asset.

Samson’s captaincy shines ahead of T20 World Cup

Leading the Rajasthan Royals to the top of the IPL points table has undoubtedly boosted Sanju Samson’s credentials. His own strong batting display – 385 runs at a strike rate of 161 with four fifties – further bolsters his case.

Rishabh Pant Proves his worth in IPL 2024

Returning from injury, Rishabh Pant has shown remarkable resilience in IPL 2024 while captaining Delhi Capitals. His 371 runs at a strike rate exceeding 160 and three half-centuries showcase his continued ability to contribute significantly.

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Final Decision: Sanju vs Pant

While the selectors seem to be leaning towards Sanju Samson as the primary wicketkeeper, the final choice will be confirmed on May 1st.

Both Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson have put in strong performances, making this a compelling selection battle to watch. Cricket fans will be eagerly awaiting the official announcement to see who dons the gloves for India at the T20 World Cup.

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