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‘Aapke bench pe jo ladka baitha hai…’: Waqar furious at Dravid, Rohit’s tactic | Cricket

India’s top order stuck with its old security stance against Pakistan, which put on a quality show even without Shaheen Shah Afridi on Sunday (Aug 28). But India finally claimed a hard-earned victory over Pakistan in the latest over thriller written by Hardik Pandya. The flamboyant all-rounder produced a special all-round effort as India held the nerves to take a thrilling five wicket victory over their arch-rivals. A week later, fans will witness another Indo-Pak match as both teams face off in the ‘Super 4’ round of the 2022 Asian Cup. (IND vs SL, Asian Cup 2022 Live Blog)

At the moment India’s top-3 consists of KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. They are followed by players like Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya, leaving room for only one player under Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik. Pant was left out of the previous game against Pakistan because the team management preferred the experienced glove man in Karthik to the maverick left-hander.

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Pant returned to the eleven against Hong Kong but didn’t get a chance to hit. It won’t be easy for Rohit and head coach Rahul Dravid to make a choice, given Karthik’s feats of arms in recent times.

All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was promoted to number four to keep the left-right combination in the top six. But if he is excluded from the competition, India could face both Pant and Karthik in the Pakistan tie on Sunday (September 4).

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Pakistani legend Waqar Younis believes that “dangerous” pants should be a part of the top, especially with field restrictions. The stumper also opened the innings alongside skipper Rohit in the England T20Is in July.

“This is a luxury. Aapke bank pe jo ladka baitha hua hai… hum sab taillein karenge ke woh khel kyu nai raha? That’s a big plus for India. Jis tareeke se Pant khelta hai, it’s great to watch from the comment box. Even viewers love the way he plays. I think he should be part of the top-4. During field restrictions, I don’t see a more dangerous batter than him,” Younis told sports journalist Vimal Kumar in an interaction hosted by OneCricket.

Dravid said on Saturday that Pant is not the first choice goalkeeper as there will be no pecking order for him and Karthik as the eleven are chosen based on many factors.

“There is no first-choice wicket-keeper on the side… We play according to the circumstances, situation, opposition and what we think is the best XI. There is no such thing as playing first-choice XI for every condition. That will vary. On those day against Pakistan, we felt Dinesh was the right choice for us,” Dravid said in a press release.

“It is very difficult to leave someone out, but we are focused on choosing the best XI. We have a bit of team culture on our side who believe that we have a very good squad from XV and that anyone can play,” he added. he to it.


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