There has been a debate on who amongst Pant and Dinesh Karthik must be in the starting line-up, and Gilchrist’s vote of confidence is in favor of the a lot youthful Pant.
“The dare of Rishabh Pant and the courage in him, the way in which he takes on bowling attacks, I think he’s got to be a must in that Indian line-up,” Gilchrist was quoted as saying in an ICC launch.
“They (Karthik and Pant) can play together, but I think Rishabh Pant has definitely got to be in there.”
India included each Pant and Karthik in the 15-member squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia, however the former’s underwhelming file in T20Is may go in opposition to him.
Pant has 934 runs in 58 T20Is at a mean of 23.94 and a strike-price of 126.21. But he hasn’t fairly loved the success that was anticipated of him in this format, in contrast to Test cricket the place he is already a longtime star.
Add to it, Karthik has of late blossomed as a finisher, which works in his favour.
But similar to his former skipper Ricky Ponting, Gilchrist too feels that each the wicketkeeper-batters may also begin collectively in the eleven.
“It’ll be interesting to see if they can both play in the same team. I think they can. What they bring to a team … the versatility of Dinesh Karthik, he can play at the top of the order; he can, as he has done more so later in his career, be in the middle and late overs to finish. He has a really nice touch game,” the previous Australia wicketkeeper-batter signed off.