Rishabh Pant was unexpectedly left out of India captain Rohit Sharma’s playing XI for Sunday’s Asia Cup 2022 opener against Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium. Dinesh Karthik has been chosen over Pant by India for the intense match, according to Rohit, who won the toss and decided to send Pakistan in.

“Since we are just here to play excellent cricket, I don’t believe the toss is that significant. Since we participated in the IPL here, maybe the field will be in excellent shape. Rishabh regrettably loses out since it was difficult to decide between playing Dinesh and Rishabh. Avesh also succeeds as the third seamer. Although this game is crucial for us, as cricketers we want to focus on improving our performance rather than worrying about the opponent “stated Rohit during the toss.

Former opener Gautam Gambhir expressed surprise at the selection and said that he would choose Pant above Karthik in response to India’s Playing XI. Given that there isn’t much time left until the T20 World Cup, Gambhir said that if this move is an experiment by India, he is not a supporter of it.

“I won’t try anything new from now on since… this Asia Cup has how many games? And after that, you have what? The World Cup will follow five, six, and then further games. You want an established Playing XI moving forward. You are welcome to have backups, but that is the approach I would have preferred. Considering that Rishabh Pant has been an X-factor, it comes as a bit of a surprise “According to Gambhir, Star Sports.

“A left-handed player is required in the middle order. There are a lot of right-handers in India, which is unbalanced. And he has performed well. He might be a floater as well as someone who can help you open the game. A little unexpected, but I hope it won’t last. In place of Dinesh Karthik, I will continue to support Rishabh Pant. It comes as a huge surprise.”