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India in West Indies, 5 ODI Series, 2017

1st ODI, Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad

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5 reasons why the West Indies tour could define Rishabh Pant’s career

The coveted Indian Premier League has had a history of showcasing young Indian talents on the big stage and it was Rishabh Pant of the Delhi Daredevils who has emerged as a standout in that regards in the last couple of seasons. The left-hander proved to be the best batsman of the side and left the cricketing fraternity in awe of him.

The ease with which he handled the fiery pace bowlers from across the globe was jaw dropping. He could send the ball out of the park at will and with the left-hander’s elegance, it was even more pleasant to watch. Every time he walked off the field after the heroics, the fans were always left wanting for more. And at a tender age of 19, Pant has already earned a huge fan following not just from India but also other cricketing nations.

After he shone in the IPL, there were speculations that he might be slotted in for India’s Champions Trophy squad but that wasn’t to be. But the youngster didn’t have to wait too long as he was selected for the tour to the Windies that followed soon after the ICC event.

The selectors opted to rest Rohit Sharma for the tour that opened the doors for the Delhi-lad. Although he has played for India in a T20I before, he got to face just 3 deliveries in that game of which he scored 5 runs. This tour to the Carribean can be a vital one for his career. The performances there can make or break his future with Indian cricket.

And here are the five reasons why this tour could be a decisive one for Rishabh Pant’s career.

#1 Potential replacement for Dhoni

MS Dhoni has been a great servant for Indian cricket for over a decade and there aren’t too many who have contributed to the side more than him. But as all good things must come to an end some day so shall Dhoni’s presence in the Indian side.

It will be extremely difficult for anyone to fill in his shoes but if there is anyone who has raised hopes, that’s Rishabh Pant. Although he is a completely different player as compared to Dhoni, he has shown signs of the temperament for the big stage.

If Pant gets to play on the side, the team management might ask him to don the gloves to lighten the burden off Dhoni for a while and see how he handles the pressure of international cricket.

#2 Guidance of the experienced lads

Pant will have the golden opportunity to share the dressing room with the likes of MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli. There is nothing better for a teenager to receive guidance from such stalwarts of the game so early in the career.

Amongst all, he would cherish spending time with Dhoni the most. The 35-year-old may not be at the peak of his prowess with the bat anymore but he is still the best going around when it comes to skills behind the wickets.

Pant has shown his talent with the bat and a few tips from the former Indian captain will do wonders for his all-round game.

#3 Weak opponents

The Windies are not the side they once used to be. The level of cricket from the Maroon brigade has hit a new low after they failed to qualify for the Champions Trophy and very recently, they lost to Afghanistan in an ODI in their own backyard.

The side lacks confidence and experience which might work in Pant’s favour. If he gets to play, he will fancy his chances against the No.9 ranked side in the world. Although he would love to perform against a stronger team yet he won’t mind catching the limelight by doing well against the Windies.

#4 Rahane can spoil the party

Virat Kohli, in the press conference before the first ODI, has hinted that Ajinkya Rahane might open the innings in all the five ODIs. The right-hander was warming the benches in England during the Champions Trophy where he was picked as a backup opener.

It would be unfair on Rahane’s part if a new entry in the side is picked to play ahead of him. Hence, at the moment. it’s possible that Pant might not get to play at all in the whole series if Rahane manages to pull of decent performances.

Moreover, Rohit Sharma will return for the next tour and even KL Rahul will make a comeback. Shikhar Dhawan recently won the Golden Ball award in the Champions Trophy and has cemented his place for a while. If Pant doesn’t get an opportunity in the Windies, he might have to wait for a little for his chances in the future.

#5 Build up to the 2019 ODI World Cup

Now that the next ODI World Cup is less than two years away, the Indian think tank would start planning for the coveted tournament. It remains to be seen whether Pant is a part of the reckoning for the next tournament.

His inclusion for the Windies tour indicates that he is certainly in the consideration. BCCI would be looking to invest in some youngsters for the next couple of years to get them ready. Pant could well be a part of that list.

At the end, if the Delhi batsman indeed gets the opportunity to take the field in Indian colours, he needs to make the most of his chances. As the experienced lot will return soon, he has to excel now to register himself in the league of those players.

India vs West Indies: Rishabh Pant Finds the Perfect Mentor in MS Dhoni

New Delhi: Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was pictured having a long chat with young wicket-keeping sensation Rishabh Pant ahead of India’s first ODI match against West Indies at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain in Trinidad on Friday.

Pant is widely regarded as a direct replacement for Dhoni, once he decides to hang up his illustrious boots. Although the young lad has shown glimpses of his immense talent in domestic cricket and in the Indian Premier League, it will still be a big task for Pant to fill in those shoes. So, by spending time with Dhoni, it seems that Pant is trying to learn the tricks of the trade from the best himself.

n the last edition of the Ranji Trophy, Pant rewrote history books by slamming the fastest ton in the competition history (48 balls).Also, Pant had a more than decent outing in the 10th edition of the IPL for the Delhi Daredevils (366 runs in 14 matches). Therefore, such
But the international area is a different ball game altogether and the selectors want Pant to be ready for the job once Dhoni decides to walk into the sunset.

Also, former India captain Rahul Dravid was quoted as saying recently that the selectors will have to sort out the futures of Dhoni and Yuvraj soon.

“It is a call that is got to be taken by the selectors and the management. And what they see as the road map for Indian cricket, and where they see the role of both these cricketers going ahead for the next couple of years. Is there a place for both of them? Is there a place for only one of them?,” Dravid was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.

“Do you want to reassess it in a year’s time, six months’ time? Do you want to look at the available talent and see what they have to offer before going back to these two players,” he elaborated further,” he said.

So, with the 2019 World Cup in mind, it is imperative for the Indian management to blood in young talent whenever possible. But the good part is that atleast they won’t have to search for wicket-keeping hard-hitting batsman, as once Dhoni goes, Pant has already shown that he is his perfect replacement.


West Indies Playing XI: Evin Lewis, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope (wk), Jonathan Carter, Jason Mohammed, Roston Chase, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder (c), Ashley Nurse, Miguel Cummins, Alzarri Joseph

India Playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli(c), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav.

Keywords: India national cricket team‬, ‪West Indies cricket team‬, ‪Rishabh Pant‬, ‪MS Dhoni

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