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IND vs ZIM: Dravid reacted to Rishabh Pant, told why it was necessary to give a chance

Rahul Dravid Rishabh Pant Team India T20 World Cup 2022: India defeated Zimbabwe by 71 runs to top Group 2 in their Super 12 campaign. Now India will face England in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup. On this, head coach Rahul Dravid said that it was important to give Rishabh Pant a chance. In Sunday’s match, Pant joined the playing XI in place of veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, who played his first match in the tournament.

Batting at number five, the left-hander played a flat slog-sweep off Sean Williams, but was caught by Ryan Burle. He said, “Some of the things we wanted to achieve, if we got a chance, we wanted to bat first. We had to win the toss for that. Just to be honest, we bowled first against Pakistan when we came here. Just wanted to experience what it’s like to aim in situations like these.”

He further said, “Also, we realized that if we bat first, it will give us an opportunity to play 20 overs and get more runs to bat first. At the same time, in today’s match, Rishabh will have to play. It was important to give us a chance, but keeping the future in mind, we are just opening up options.”

Dravid said, “Everyone is available for selection, just because someone missed this match does not mean that we will not give them a chance. We just wanted to make sure that we had our options open, so that Rishabh could get playing time, which was really important.”


Pant captained India in the five-match home series against South Africa in June. But since the Asia Cup, he has been in and out of the team in the form of a spectacular return to Karthik. The youngster has been going through poor form as a specialist finisher, so he is not sure in the playing XI. Ever since India reached Australia, Pant played a warm-up match against Western Australia XI in early October, opening the batting and scoring 9 runs.

With several former cricketers criticizing Pant for not taking India’s playing XI, Dravid said the Indian team’s think-tank never lost faith in the left-hander, who has been working hard in the practice sessions.

He said, “It’s really the role when you pick 15 out of many other options. It means you’ve really got a lot of confidence in this 15. Yes, you can only pick 11 players at a time and Some people miss sometimes and they don’t have to play.”

Further talking about Pant not scoring big runs against Zimbabwe, Dravid remarked that he would not think too much into it as he was dismissed for scoring quick runs on the spinners and the Indian team was going match-by-match. Do not judge players on the basis of

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