Rohit Sharma selects Rishabh Pant for safe play


Melbourne: India captain Rohit Sharma has opted to bat first after winning the toss against Zimbabwe in the final match of the Super 12 of the 2022 T20 World Cup.

All four of the tournament’s semi-finalists have already been determined, but this game will help determine India’s opponents in the semi-finals.

Rishabh Pant gets chance – Rohit Sharma

In this game, Rohit Sharma chose to play Rishabh Pant instead of Dinesh Karthik as “he’s the only one who didn’t get a chance to play”.

After winning the throw, Rohit Sharma said: We will hit. It’s the team’s preference to bat first, nothing to do with the field. We just want to hit first and give our bowlers a chance to defend.

Speaking about the Rishabh trousers, he said: “A change, Rishabh Pant plays in place of DK, he’s the only guy who hasn’t played a single game On this tour, including the warm-up games, we wanted to give him a game. Nothing changes, we have to do well as a team.”

After losing the game, the Zimbabwe captain said: “We wanted to bowl first. The ball could slip under lights in the evening. A few changes, Wellington and Munyonga are in, Milton struggled a bit and we wanted to give Tony a chance. Luke Jongwe has an injury and we wanted the spin from Wellington Masakadza.”

India vs Zimbabwe plays XI

Zimbabwe (Matches XI): Wesley Madhevere, Craig Ervine (c), Regis Chakabva (w), Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Tony Munyonga, Ryan Burl, Tendai Chatara, Richard Ngarava, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani

India (Player XI): KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (w), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh

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