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Rishabh Pant at No 3 creates more headache as Rohit Sharma still unsure of India batting line-up

Rishabh Pant at No 3 creates more headache as Rohit Sharma still unsure of India batting line-up

Can India solidify their batting line-up in time? Rohit's call for a final decision on the batting order suggests there's still work to be done.

Despite a resounding 60-run victory over Bangladesh in their ICC T20 World Cup warm-up clash, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma remains unsure about the final batting line-up. This uncertainty comes amidst Rishabh Pant’s impressive return to form at No. 3, creating a selection headache for the Men in Blue.

Rishabh Pant shines in India comeback

Riding on a swashbuckling half-century from Rishabh Pant and a clinical bowling performance, India asserted their dominance in the warm-up match. Pant, making his comeback to competitive cricket after a long injury layoff, stole the show with a breathtaking 53 runs off just 32 balls, including four sixes and fours.

However, this impressive display also raises questions about the batting order, as Rohit Sharma admits they haven’t “nailed it yet.”

Rohit Sharma rationale on India batting line-up

The warm-up match served as a vital opportunity for the Indian team to experiment and get used to the conditions in the USA. Rohit Sharma emphasized the importance of giving “most guys” a chance to bat, explaining their decision to promote Pant to number 3.

This move not only allowed them to assess Pant’s form after his return, but also potentially creates a more flexible batting lineup.

(On Rishabh Pant batting at 3) Just to give him an opportunity. We have not nailed the batting line-up yet, we wanted most guys to get a hit in the middle. (On Arshdeep Singh ) He has shown us he has the skills upfront and also the backend, he has a very good skill set. We have got a good 15 players here, just need to nail down the conditions and pick the best players,” Rohit Sharma said after the match.

Rishabh Pant promotion creates more options

Former Sri Lankan cricketer Russel Arnold believes promoting Pant was a strategic move. He highlights the importance of Pant regaining confidence after his absence, while also praising the added flexibility it offers the team.

With a left-hander now available in the top order, India can adapt their batting strategy depending on the match situation.

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Key T20 World Cup matches on horizon

India will kick off their World Cup campaign against Ireland on Wednesday, June 5th, followed by their highly anticipated clash against Pakistan on June 9th. While the bowling attack seems settled, Rohit’s comments indicate that the batting order will be a topic of discussion leading up to the tournament opener.

Can India solidify their batting line-up in time? Rohit’s call for a final decision on the batting order suggests there’s still work to be done. Pant’s strong performance has certainly thrown a wrench into the plans, but whether his form translates to a permanent spot at number 3 remains to be seen.

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