Despite being the only left-handed batsman among India’s top six batting positions, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant found it difficult to appear often in the just-completed series between Rohit Sharma’s Indian team and the World Champions Australia. While veteran gloveman Dinesh Karthik participated in all three games of the bilateral series, Pant only appeared in the second Twenty20 international between India and Australia. Karthik was chosen over Pant to serve as the team’s designated finisher, even though the older hitter had little opportunity to demonstrate his hitting prowess against Australia.

In its star-studded lineup for the 2017 ICC World T20 tournament, which will be hosted by the reigning champions Australia, India has chosen Pant and Karthik. The India thought tank has continued to favor rotating between Karthik and Pant in the starting XI, although captain Rohit has offered more clarification on the two wicketkeepers’ choices following the Australia series.

Indian captain Rohit said that he wants Pant and Karthik to get some game time before the World Cup at the post-match news conference after India’s exciting victory over Australia in the third T20I on Sunday. Rohit further emphasized that Karthik and Pant had already been picked for the Indian team to compete in every Asia Cup 2022 match.

“I wanted both of these players to get a significant amount of experience playing before the World Cup. Both of these players were there for every game while we attended the Asia Cup. But I think Dinesh needs a little more playing time. He hardly had time to bat (this series). maybe three balls. It is thus insufficient. Pant certainly needs game time as well. But given how this series played out, it was crucial for me to simply maintain my regular batting order,” Rohit remarked.