"We are....."- Indian batting coach's huge claim on Pant replacing KL Rahul vs SA on Sunday
India have started the T20 World Cup 2022 with two back-to-back wins and now they are looking like favourites to end the group at the top. However, to do that, they need to beat a strong South African unit on Sunday (October 30) at the Perth Stadium.
However, there are a few areas that India needs to look at ahead of that game. One of those concerns is the form of star opener KL Rahul, who scored 4 off 8 against Pakistan and 9 off 12 against the Netherlands in the second game.
Many former cricketers and fans have expressed concern over Rahul's form, and some have also questioned his place in the team. That creates a big question about whether the 30-year-old will be part of the playing XI or whether Rishabh Pant, who is warming the bench, might get a chance.
However, the Indian batting coach, Vikram Rathour, spoke about this debate ahead of the game against South Africa. In the post-match press conference, he said that the thinktank is not looking to replace the opener after a couple of failures and that he will play on Sunday.
Rathour stated, "We are not thinking anything like that (to replace KL Rahul with Rishabh Pant). He has been batting well. He did well in practice matches. Two matches are a small sample size."
On the other hand, the Indian batting coach also discussed Virat Kohli's form and said that he has played as per the demands of the conditions so far. He also said that for the pitch in Perth, they have four seamers in the team.
However, Rathour also spoke about the place of leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who hasn't played any matches so far. The batting coach stated that his position will be determined by the pitch condition prior to the match.
When asked about Pant's chances, he said that they can only pick 11 players and they have already told Pant to get ready. His opportunity can come at any moment, so he is preparing for it.
India are currently at the top of Group 2 with two wins out of two games, while South Africa is in second place with three points in two games. Another win will almost guarantee India's place in the semis.