MUSICAL-CHAIR opening continues, Rishabh Pant OPENS

IND vs ENG LIVE: Rishabh Pant opens with Rohit Sharma – India have again opted to change their pair of openers as musical chairs…

IND vs ENG LIVE: Rishabh Pant opens with Rohit Sharma – India again opted to change their opener pair as the musical chair of the opening combination continues. Indian head coach Rahul Dravid surprised everyone by sending in destructive wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant to open the proceedings with Rohit Sharma. With Ishan Kishan having no chance today, fans expected Virat Kohli to open. Seeking advice from cricket experts who advised Pant to open, Dravid decided to take the gamble. Pant scored a quick 26-for-15 shot before being fired by Richard Gleeson. Follow IND vs ENG live updates on InsideSport.IN

IND vs ENG LIVE: MUSICAL-CHAIR OPENING continues, Rahul Dravid STUMPS everyone, sends Rishabh Pant to OPEN instead of Virat Kohli in 2nd T20: Check OUT

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IND vs ENG LIVE: MUSICAL-CHAIR OPENING continues, Rahul Dravid STUMPS everyone, sends Rishabh Pant to OPEN instead of Virat Kohli in 2nd T20: Check OUT

It was no surprise to fans when India playing Xi was released. With Ishan Kishan dropped for his colors and Deepak Hooda also coming on the bench, it’s obvious former India skipper Virat Kohli would open India’s innings with Rohit Sharma. However, surprising everyone, it was Rishabh Pant who entered the crease after England won the draw and opted to play first.

This is the first time that Rishabh Pant opens a round in T20I. He has already opened once for India in the ODIs earlier this year against West Indies. Pant scored 18 points in that game. In that game, Pant hammered a quick 26 on just 15 balls to set the pace for India on the power play.

Previously in IPL, Pant opened 4 times where he managed to score 104 points with the highest score of 69. He averaged 26 with a strike rate of 136.84.

IND vs ENG LIVE: MUSICAL-CHAIR OPENING continues, Rahul Dravid STUMPS everyone, sends Rishabh Pant to OPEN instead of Virat Kohli in 2nd T20: Check OUT

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Earlier, cricket pundits like Parthiv Patel, Sunil Gavaskar and Wasim Jaffer voiced their opinion on using Pant as an opener.

“…Ishan Kishan has been India’s top scorer in the T20Is this year and Rishabh Pant is Rishabh Pant. Although he had a modest IPL, he will bring confidence to that hundred and fifty of the Edgbaston test . He can open in place of Ishan Kishan and can get quite a few opportunities at the top,“, Patel said.

“It’s not a bad option at all. It is a very good option. Look what Adam Gilchrist has done for Australia in cricket cricket. He used to bat at No. 6 or 7 in Test cricket, but open batting in white-ball cricket. He was destructive. Maybe someone like Rishabh Pant can be just as destructive. It could give so many overs to play,” Gavaskar said on Sports Today.

IND vs ENG LIVE: MUSICAL-CHAIR OPENING continues, Rahul Dravid STUMPS everyone, sends Rishabh Pant to OPEN instead of Virat Kohli in 2nd T20: Check OUT

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