Indian captain Virat Kohli said that wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who has made headlines with his superb batting in Australia, will get more opportunities in Test cricket. Also, Captain Kohli indicated that Akshar Patel may get a chance to make a Test debut against England.
The Indian captain also clarified that bowlers capable of batting well will be at the top of their plans during the four-Test series, while the opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill during the Test series against England starting here on Friday It is also expected to remain intact.
Rishabh Pant will do wicketkeeping – Kohli
Discussing various aspects of team composition, Kohli said, “Yes, Rishabh will play tomorrow and will play the role of wicketkeeper. Recently he has performed effectively and he is in a good position and we want him to take it forward and improve in all aspects of his game.
Pant was not part of Team India in the limited overs series. But he got a place in the Test team. Kohli praised Pant, saying, “When he came to Australia after IPL, he was not part of the limited overs team. He continued to work hard on his fitness and sports and realized that he was finally getting results. We were all very happy.
Akshar Patel may get a chance
The captain said that he will continue to support the bowling all-rounders, which has been the key to the success of the team in domestic conditions. Kohli also said that if Ravindra Jadeja’s absence is taken care of, the characters fit in his place. He said, “The reason for this is that we need a player whose skill is like Jadeja, Akshar brings the same thing in all the three departments of the game. Jaddu (Jadeja) is not available, so alphabets will get priority. Because he brings the same kind of skill on the field.
Kohli was also very clear about his plans in terms of Rohit and Gill pair. He said, “We are excited to give them a chance in all four Tests and they give us a good start. The main reason for winning the Test match was the way he batted in Australia. We are curious about such things in this series.
Kuldeep Yadav can be a part of playing XI
Kohli also indicated that Kuldeep Yadav is also expected to get a chance in the four-Test home series, who played his last Test match in January 2019. He said, “Kuldeep has not got a chance to play in the long format in the last few times. I mean to say that you can say two years, but in 2020 we did not play cricket for long. But now that the domestic season starts, it will be part of the plans. To motivate the players, you need to target them.