Asia Cup 2022: Fans React After Rishabh Pant Was Dropped From Playing XI For IND vs PAK Clash

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So, the Indian team management has made the big, bold call of dropping Rishabh Pant from their T20I eleven; Dinesh Karthik was selected as the keeper-batsman ahead of Pant for the crucial encounter against Pakistan on Sunday in India’s first game of the Asia Cup 2022.

And while Karthik brings his finishing role’s speciality and form, it was quite a stunning call from skipper Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid to exclude Rishabh Pant from the eleven today.

Have India made a blunder by dropping Rishabh Pant?

For Rishabh Pant is India’s leading international run-scorer from 2021 and also in 2022 so far. He has been in good form – smashing two centuries on the England tour in July in Test and ODI; and then he had a good T20I series in West Indies.

Rishabh Pant
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Apart from that, Pant was the only left-hander in India’s top six (assuming Ravindra Jadeja is slotted at number 7), and could have been a great match-up against Pakistan’s spinners – leg-spinner Shadab Khan and left-arm spinners Khushdil Shah and Mohammad Nawaz.

Captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bowl first. While announcing the team news, he said that there was a direct shootout between Pant and Karthik and the team management picked the latter; Sharma also said that Pant was misfortunate to miss out, but admitted that’s that of the team selection.

“Honestly, I don’t think the toss is that important, we are just here to play good cricket. We’ve played here in the IPL, so hopefully the pitch will be good. It was a tough call we had to take between playing Dinesh and Rishabh, Rishabh sadly misses out. And Avesh makes it as the third seamer. This is an important game for us, but as cricketers we don’t want to think about the opposition, we just want to correct whatever mistakes we are doing. We are bowling first,” Rohit said at the toss.


Pakistan (Playing XI): Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shahnawaz Dahani

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Dinesh Karthik(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh

Fans on Twitter went wild learning that Rishabh Pant has been dropped. While many pointed out the usefulness of Pant in the batting line-up, some applauded the management for being brave to stick with Karthik in the finisher’s role.

Here are some of the best Twitter reactions:

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