India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli hints at Rishabh Pant’s inclusion for 3rd ODI
Rishabh Pant, who made his T20I debut against England earlier this year, performed well in the IPL 2017 and was among the five players in the standby list for the ICC Champions Trophy. With Rohit Sharma rested for the Windies series, Pant was named in the side as the third opener.india vs west indies 2017 Updated: Jun 26, 2017 11:52 IST
Virat Kohli, India captain, has hinted at Rishabh Pant’s inclusion for the third ODI against the West Indies at Antigua, scheduled to be held on June 30.
Pant, who made his T20I debut against England earlier this year, performed well in the 2017 Indian Premier League (366 runs in 14 games) and was among the five players in the standby list for the ICC Champions Trophy. With Rohit Sharma rested for the Windies series, Rishabh Pant was named in the side as the third opener.
“We’ll sit down and decide as a team about changes that can be made [when asked about Pant]. We’ll go to Antigua and regroup, and that’s a possibility as well, give a few guys an opportunity,” he said.
Kohli, who smashed a magnificent 87 off 66 courtesy four towering sixes and as many fours in India’s 105-run win over the West Indies in the second ODI in Port of Spain, was satisfied with the team’s performance and praised the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Kuldeep Yadav for stepping up to the plate.
“I am really happy with the complete performance by the entire team,” said Kohli in reflecting on his side’s dominant effort.
“Missing out on a hundred means nothing to me. It was more important to be getting runs for the team at the end of the innings.
“The partnership between Ajinkya and Shikhar was outstanding, and myself at the back end, with Yuvraj, Dhoni and Kedar chipping in. Early wickets for Bhuvneshwar, and really happy for Kuldeep as well, bowling for the first time and taking three wickets. The bench strength has always been right up there for us,” he added.
Ajinkya Rahane, who scored a stupendous 104-ball 103, said he wanted to take his time as the conditions were damp early on and that helped him in reaching the landmark.
“Really happy with the way I played, even in the first game. Didn’t get an opportunity in the Champions Trophy, and I was hungry. It’s lovely to open with Shikhar. He’s in great form, we understand each other’s game really well. We complement each other. Wicket was slightly damp initially. We wanted to take our time initially, as well as play our shots,” Rahane said.
India lead the five-match ODI series 1-0 with the first game in Port of Spain ending in a wash-out.