3 Reasons why India should pick Rishabh Pant ahead of Ambati Rayudu for ICC World Cup 2019
Currently, the whole cricketing world is waiting for the grand ICC World Cup which is all set to begin from 30 May 2019. It is considered as the most honourable event in the history of cricket. This will be the 12th edition of the ICC World Cup which is all set to be hosted by England and Wales.
10 teams will battle amongst each other in 48 matches to win that 1 shinning trophy presented by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The tournament will be conducted in the round-robin format and later in the knockout format.
India, Australia, England and New Zealand are the top 4 teams which are the favourites to win this mega-event referring to their recent form and talent in the squad.
Talking about the Indian team, the team management has tried nearly 8-10 options for the no 4th position in the Indian side. Out of those auditions, the team has to finally decide between 2 guys who can bat at no 4. The 2 most preferable options available to them are Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu.
Looking at the recent past, Ambati Rayudu is just 1 step ahead of Pant as he was considered as the no. 4 batsman, in the past few series played by India. However, the management can give the chance to Pant to prove himself as the World Cup is such a big occasion. There are 3 reasons India should pick Pant ahead of Ambati Rayudu for the World Cup which are.
#3 Better option for backup wicket-keeper than Ambati Rayudu
Without any doubt, MS Dhoni would be the main man who would keep the wickets for India in the upcoming 2019 World Cup. But, if Dhoni gets injured or is rested, then India should have a reliable back-up wicketkeeper in the side. If such a case happens, then Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu are the 2 options available to the side.
However, in terms of wicket-keeping, Rishabh Pant is slightly ahead of Rayudu. Pant has kept the wickets for India in both red and white ball cricket and has more international experience than Rayudu. Pant has grabbed a total of 40 catches and 2 stumpings for India in test format of the game. Whereas, Rayudu has not done any great when it comes to wicket-keeping for India.