The selectors preferred Sanju Samson as the second keeper in T20Is.
The BCCI, on Monday evening, announced India squad for the upcoming Australia tour. The new selection panel led by Sunil Joshi took some tough decisions and the selection seemed to have made based on the performances in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). While the KKR spinner Varun Chakravarthy got his maiden call-up in the T20Is, Rishabh Pant has been left out of the limited-overs squads for the tour.
This comes as a shocking development as the southpaw has been rated highly by the experts and was even backed by the Indian management for a long time. However, KL Rahul emerging as the wicketkeeper-batsman in the limited overs format has led to his downfall it seems. Moreover, his form in the ongoing IPL has not been great either.
Rishabh Pant has so far scored 217 runs in eight matches for Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2020 at an average of 31. He hasn’t scored even a single half-century so far with the best score of only 38. Even on New Zealand tour, he didn’t play a single limited-overs despite being in the squad.
Rishabh Pant in ODIs and T20Is for India
As far as his ODI and T20I career is concerned, Rishabh Pant has struggled in the last few months when international cricket was played. He has so far featured in 16 ODIs and 27 T20Is mustering only 374 and 410 runs respectively. He averages only 26.71 in the 50-over format and has scored only a solitary half-century. In the shortest format, Pant averages a meagre 20.5 with two fifties to his name.
However, the left-hander has been picked in the Test squad as India will lock horns against Australia in four matches to retain the Border Gavaskar Trophy. Rishabh Pant did well down under last time and was rather the second-highest run-getter of the team. He was also preferred ahead of Wriddhiman Saha in New Zealand earlier this year and it might happen again.
Meanwhile, the fans are dejected with the 23-year-old being axed from the limited-overs teams and feel that his confidence will be shattered with this decision. It remains to be seen if the selectors or the captain have had a conversation with Rishabh Pant over his axing from ODIs and T20Is.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Shocking to not see #RishabhPant in this list. https://t.co/YzmO0ZEQXl
— ao (@sayingthatway) October 26, 2020
Rishabh Pant : Bhai, ODI me specialist WK ke baare me kuch socha hai ?
Virat Kohli : pic.twitter.com/XeMM7SrN3i
— Right Arm Over (@RightArmOver_) October 26, 2020
Where is Rishabh Pant that Ridiculous ,, Samson for what ? Rahul tewetia has done so well then Varun https://t.co/HfkyQvcgKb
— Ankit Pandey (@PandeyAnkit21) October 26, 2020
Rishabh Pant out of white ball cricket T20i & Odi
Very harsh decision by @BCCI
I don’t like it at all he is an match winner player in AUS last time
Indian Team will regret their choice #AUSvIND #KKRvsKXIP #TeamIndia @RishabhPant17 @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/LcYd5th4l4
— Shivam Malik (@shivammalik_) October 26, 2020
— Hasan Zia (@SunnyZia5) October 26, 2020
Where is rishabh pant https://t.co/6RlV3Qf9gy
— Raunak Singh (@RaunakS13425140) October 26, 2020
Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja and Sanju Samson over Suryakumar Yadav, Axar Patel/Krunal and Rishabh Pant.
Please explain our T20 squad to me?
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) October 26, 2020
Bad Team Selection 🙄
Rishabh Pant Not Selected 🤔
— ʀαנαs ʀιsнαвн ᴘαηт (@RajasPant) October 26, 2020
Rishabh Pant ko lena tha ase sab thik hai 👍 https://t.co/60CpeZLeiS
— Harshhh #KKR💜 (@harshady_KKR) October 26, 2020
Rishabh Pant left out of Indian T20 and ODI squad for Australian tour
This season of IPL was very important for him to cement his place in team but honestly, his performance did him no favor.
— Shikhar Tiwari (@Shikhar_sm0204) October 26, 2020
What no Rishabh Pant in Shorter format.
— Akhil Rebelli (@akhilrebelli) October 26, 2020
Rishabh Pant missing out is a massive disappointment. More so, if the reason is not for form and “weight” issues.
— Tracer Bullet (@ravimaestri) October 26, 2020
No Rishabh Pant in ODIs and T20Is. 😡 pic.twitter.com/6BS2F8mcoa
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) October 26, 2020
No Rishabh Pant in any limited over format. Axed.
— Parth (@TheSoulSpartan) October 26, 2020
— Danish Imam (@idanish18) October 26, 2020
Samson over Rishabh Pant. Recency Bias at his PEAK . https://t.co/VufvHTnCnI
— Ashu (@imcricfreak) October 26, 2020
End of career or Rishabh Pant!
KL Rahul is the best keeper and batsman at this time .. He’ll handle pressure situations https://t.co/af25ILShLm
— ok (@TRinesH0) October 26, 2020
after Dhoni, the wicketkeeper slot is just a musical chair competition for rishabh pant, kl rahul, samson or others.. https://t.co/Om3yaYJfWP
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) October 26, 2020