Ashwin, like many others, was confused about the role Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar and Rishabh Pant might play in this Indian T20I side in the three-match series against New Zealand.
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Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli are resting from the New Zealand tour but India’s problem of plenty doesn’t end there, that’s how strong the bench strength is.
There is Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, and Rishabh Pant fighting for the openers spot. Samson has done his bit in the West Indies ODIs and the home series against South Africa and has had a poor run in white ball cricket.
Ashwin, who too has rested for this New Zealand tour, shared his thoughts on what should be India’s ideal XI for the New Zealand T20Is. To be honest, the veteran off-spinner too appeared to be confused. Ashwin picked Shubman Gill as his opener but wasn’t able to choose between Pant and Kishan as Gill’s partners.
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“As far as I am concerned, Shubman Gill is a lock at the top of the order. Who is going to be the second opener? Ishan Kishan or Rishabh Pant? Even Wasim Jaffer tweeted that we will see the best of Rishabh Pant if he bats at the top of the order. Ishan has been travelling a lot with the team but he is not getting extended run as a player,” Ashwin said on his YouTube channel.
Ashwin, like many others, was confused about the role Sanju Samson might play in this Indian T20I side. “Will Sanju Samson finish an innings? Or will he be used in the middle order to give impetus, take on the spinners, play his pulls, and use the short square boundaries? Or will Sanju Samson get a chance?” he asked.
“If you send Rishabh Pant at the top, we won’t have any left-handers in the middle order. Not having a left-hander in the middle order is also highly spoken about. Having a left-right combination in the middle is really important in T20s. Is there a left-hand middle-order option available?