Harbhajan on Pant’s omission: Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh criticized the selectors for not picking up Rishabh Pant in the ODI team.
Veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has lashed out at the selectors once again for not picking Rishabh Pant in the Indian ODI squad for the upcoming Asia Cup. According to him, the 20-year old Pant’s game is more suited for the One-day format.
Harbhajan expressed his views via a tweet:
Why is he not in the odi squad for the Asia cup ??? his game is suited more for that format https://t.co/RmgpAMntok
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 11, 2018
It happened after renowned TV journalist Vikrant Gupta questioned the same on the same media. Having scored his maiden Test century earlier this week, Pant has attracted advocacy regarding his spot in the other formats of the game as well.
After failing to make a mark in his first five Test innings, Pant came back in style to hit a magnificent hundred at The Oval. It might not have changed the course of the game but was more than enough to make a point for the youngster.
Pant, who has a reputation of being a hard-hitting batsman, came into recognition after the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2019 and a couple of successful seasons of the IPL (Indian Premier League).
It is worth mentioning that cricket experts are favoring him for the middle-order spot in the ODI side. It might be too early to say anything but Pant has it in him to become India’s solution to their middle-order problems. A young attacking southpaw in the middle-order might well turn the tables on the Indian side in the years to come.
For someone as expressive as Harbhajan Singh, the 38-year old spinner has been seen expressing differences earlier as well. Most recently, he had tweeted about the in-form Mayank Agarwal not getting a go in the Indian side despite scoring piles of runs in the domestic circuit.