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“Brave Attempt” – Fans React As Rishabh Pant Opens The Innings For India In The Second T20I Against England

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The second T20I between India and England got underway at the Edgbaston in Birmingham today, July 9. The fans got to witness wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant in a new role for the Indian team. He walked out to open the batting along with skipper Rohit Sharma in the first innings of the match.

England skipper Jos Buttler won the toss and asked India to bat first. The visitors made four changes to the team. Wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant, who was rested for the first T20I, replaced Ishan Kishan in the playing XI. Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ravindra Jadeja were the other three inclusions in the Indian team. However, Rishabh Pant opening the innings left the fans stunned.

Former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, Wasim Jaffer, and other experts and fans have been calling for Rishabh Pant to open the batting for the Indian team. In the first T20I, Ishan Kishan opened the innings along with Rohit Sharma. However, with Rishabh Pant replacing Ishan in the XI, he also was also sent to open the innings for India.

Let’s take a look at how fans reacted to Rishabh Pant opening the innings for India:

India drops in-form Deepak Hooda for the second T20I

Batting all-rounder Deepak Hooda has been in terrific form recently for India in the T20Is. In the absence of senior players during the Ireland series, Hooda took up the responsibility and made the most of the opportunity. He was the leading run-scorer in the tournament. Hooda also continued his good form on the England tour. However, he has been dropped from the Indian team, as the senior players are back in the team.

Veteran India batter Virat Kohli replaced Deepak Hooda in the team for the second T20I. Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ravindra Jadeja came in for Ishan Kishan, Axar Patel, and Arshdeep Singh. The Indian team is leading the three-match T20I 1-0 after a brilliant win in the first T20I.

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