With every passing series for the Indian team, the buzz around a probable 15 for the 2022 T20 World Cup will become a hotly debated topic. India players recently completed their first assignment after IPL 2022 – the five-match T20I series against South Africa at home – and India head coach Rahul Dravid was asked about the same. But when he ruled out reinforcing India’s T20 World Cup squad, Dravid dropped a major hint at the 24-year-old’s spot and Twitter was outraged by the decision.
KL Rahul was the first-choice leader for the series, but before the start of the competition he was ruled out due to a groin injury and Rishabh Pant was named the new captain. Blown hot and cold as a leader in the series, which ended in a 2-2 draw after the decider in Bengaluru, his performance as a batsman was disastrous.
In just four innings, Pant scored 58 runs at a strike rate of just 105. Veterans and cricket experts criticized his batting and lashed out at his similar dismissal in the series as many started dropping the youngster from their potential squad for the World Cup.
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However, Dravid fully backed Pant and revealed that the 24-year-old is a “big” and “integral” part of India’s establishment in the T20 World Cup in Australia.
“Personally, he would have liked to score a few more runs, but it doesn’t belong to him. Certainly, he is a huge part of our plans over the next few months,” Dravid said during the post-match press conference on Sunday. ” , “I just don’t want to be critical. In the middle overs, you guys need to play a little bit of aggressive cricket, to take the game a little bit further. Sometimes it’s very hard to judge on the basis of two or three matches . “
This is how Twitter reacted to the comment,
Well, India still have 10 more T20 matches to play in the three series ahead of the T20 World Cup and Pant will get a chance to repay Dravid’s faith.
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