The BCCI announced India’s T20I and ODI squad for Australia home series yesterday. Rishabh Pant has been included in the team for both the formats. He was in the T20I team against New Zealand where he impressed in the last two games. Now, he has been named in the ODI squad as well and would look to make a strong case for himself.

Indian chief selector, MSK Prasad has said that India are open to playing Pant in the top-order as well. “We have included him considering many factors. We will try and figure out his best possible batting position, because being a left-hander, there is an advantage of playing left-right combination. We are discussing all that,” Prasad said. He also said, “Yes” when asked if India would try Pant in top-order.

He further added, “Prior to this, we had series in New Zealand and Australia. That is where Karthik was chosen because Rishabh played four Tests (against Australia) and we wanted him to get a good rest. Then he (Rishabh) played a couple of matches against England Lions where he played extremely well. Then he played the T20I matches. So we wanted him to give him a few ODIs as well before we take the final call.”

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