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Gambhir picks his first-choice Indian wicketkeeper for T20 World Cup 2024

The former cricketer stressed the importance of backing the chosen player consistently

Gambhir picks his first-choice Indian wicketkeeper for T20 World Cup 2024 PHOTO: AFP

Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has shared insights into his preferred choice for India's playing XI, particularly in the wicketkeeper-batter role. 

Speaking to a local sports channel, Gambhir discussed the qualities of both Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant, emphasizing their batting prowess.

“Both have equal quality. Sanju has amazing quality, and even Rishabh has amazing quality. If I had to pick, I’d probably pick Rishabh Pant because he is a natural middle-order batter. Sanju, if you see in IPL, he has batted at number three. Rishabh has batted at number five, six, and seven I think,” Gambhir said.

However, Gambhir also acknowledged the potential of Sanju Samson, especially if he proves to be more effective in the lower middle-order positions.

“Looking at Team India’s combination, we need the wicketkeeper in that position and not in the top order. So I’d start with Rishabh Pant. Plus, he is a left-hander in the middle-order, which gives you a left-hand-right-hand combination,” he said.

“But again, if they see that Sanju can score more runs at number six or seven, they could go with him as well,” he added.

On the issue of team support and criticism, the former cricketer stressed the importance of backing the chosen player consistently.

“I don’t think so. I think only one out of those two will play, and whoever plays, the team management should back him. If Rishabh Pant or Sanju Samson do not perform in one or two matches, do not criticize them or say that replace them. Whoever plays, I think we should back that player,” he concluded.