World Cup 2019: We’ll persist with Rishabh Pant at No. 4, says Sanjay Bangar

first_img Reuters BirminghamJuly 1, 2019UPDATED: July 1, 2019 18:21 IST Pant made his debut in Sunday’s loss to England, scoring 32 (AP)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant made 32 against England on SundayPant is likely hold his place in the playing 11 after Vijay Shankar was ruled out of the World CupSanjay Bangar feels that the left handed Pant will come handy in the middle oversIndia will persist with Rishabh Pant at number four in the batting order to avail the left-right advantage in the middle overs, assistant coach Sanjay Bangar said ahead of Tuesday’s Cricket World Cup group match against Bangladesh.The twice champions were left without a left-hander in the top half of their batting order after a fractured finger ended opened Shikhar Dhawan’s World Cup.Pant was flown in as Dhawan’s replacement and the 21-year-old finally made his debut in Sunday’s loss to England, scoring 32 after some nervous running between the wickets early in his knock.”I felt he had a decent innings,” Bangar told reporters at Edgbaston. “He got 32 and played a couple of good shots, got a partnership going (with Hardik Pandya), so we’re going to persist with him.”All-rounder Vijay Shankar, who was originally picked in the squad to bat at number four, has been ruled out of the remainder of the ongoing World Cup with a toe injury, the team said on Monday.”The team management was feeling the absence of a left-hander since Shikhar got injured,” Bangar said, explaining the decision to send Pant ahead of Pandya on Sunday.”It was a ploy to use right-left combination in the middle overs to upset the bowling plans. I feel because of that Adil Rashid could not bowl the number of overs he’d have usually bowled.”Known for his six-hitting prowess, Pant hit a century in an Oval test last year and also smashed an unbeaten 159 against Australia in Sydney in January.advertisementSunday’s match was only his sixth one-day international but Bangar said the time Pant spent with the World Cup squad has prepared him for the challenges ahead.”He’s spent close to two weeks with us now. He has done well at the international level, especially in the test format. The one-day format is slightly newer to him,” said Bangar, who played 12 tests and 15 ODIs for India.”We’re trying to help him with the various mindsets and the roles that come with the middle order job, and the importance of the right-left combination… so straightaway he can put the pressure back on the spinners.”It can help the team in a big way. On those lines, we’ve been communicating with him.”India, second in the table with 11 points, need a victory in their final two group matches to qualify for the semi-finals.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Kedar Jadhav likely to be dropped over lack of intent vs EnglandAlso Read | You all wanted Rishabh Pant to play, there he is at No. 4: Rohit Sharma’s epic reply to journalistFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Rishabh PantFollow Vijay Shankar World Cup 2019: We’ll persist with Rishabh Pant at No. 4, says Sanjay BangarRishabh Pant who replaced Vijay Shankar at No. 4 in the Indian batting order against England, is likely to continue at the position after the latter was ruled out of the World Cup 2019 with a toe injury.advertisement Nextlast_img

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