India vs England: Rishabh Pant to Don Gloves in T20I Series, Squad Likely to Remain Similar for T20 World Cup: Vikram Rathour
Later in the year, India will host the T20 World Cup, after a gap of five years. Team India and the coaches already have a fair idea as top who all will make it to the team for the blockbuster tournament. India face England in the T20I series next, and batting coach Vikram Rathour is of the opinion that after the series, they will have a clear idea as to who plays the tournament.
“The [T20] World Cup is India, so I just want the batting unit to get settled basically. By the time we finish this series, we should know, ‘this is the team which is going to play the World Cup’,” Rathour told ESPNCricinfo.
“So hopefully that will happen in this series. I am already sure that there wouldn’t be too many changes anyway, because we are a pretty settled unit at the moment. But in case somebody loses form, or somebody gets injured, as a batting unit you just want to get settled now.
“One of the biggest talking points going ahead will be the candidates for the wicketkeeper’s position. The last time India played T20Is, in Australia, it was KL Rahul, who after first being assigned wicketkeeping duties during early 2020, continued to perform the role, but Rathour explained that with Rishabh Pant back in form, the selection will pose a bit of challenge.
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“KL has done really well as a wicketkeeper-batsman. He has been a superb cricketer, he has batted really well, he has kept reasonably well. Now Rishabh [Pant] (is) back in form and doing well, let’s see how it goes. Once this situation comes, what the team management is looking to do, that’ll happen on the day of the game and how this series goes,” Rathour added.