Team India have started on a brilliant note to the 5-match T20 series, winning the first match by 6 wickets. KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer made some valuable contributions as India chased down a big total of 204 runs in just 19 overs on Friday.
Prior to the start of the first match of the series, there were questions on Rishabh Pant’s chances of playing in eleven, given KL Rahul kept well in the third ODI against Australia and has been stellar with the bat too.
Kohli too said that they would opt for KL Rahul as the number one wicket-keeper in the side in the series, making it unlikely for Pant to be part of the playing eleven.
Come the first T20 and the T-20 special wicket-keeper batsman was missing out from the eleven which raised quite a few eyebrows given the talent he possesses with the bat especially in the shortest format of the game.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly was recently asked about KL Rahul taking the gloves and leaving Rishabh Pant from the eleven, to which he said:
“Virat Kohli takes that decision. The team management and captain decide the role of KL Rahul.”
“He (Rahul) has played well in ODIs and T20Is. He started well in Test cricket but has gone down slightly. But in limited-overs cricket he has played really well and hope he continues all the good work but like I said, all these decisions are of the team management’s,” Ganguly told ABP News.
Talking about the wicket-keeper’s slot for the T20 World Cup, Sourav Ganguli has said that he has no role in that and it’s only up to the skipper and team management to take that decision.
“The selectors, Virat and Ravi (Shastri) will decide that. Whatever they think, it’ll happen that way.”