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

India will kick off their campaign against Ireland on June 5 at the newly-built Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York

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

Former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh has voiced his preference for Rishabh Pant as India's primary wicketkeeper-batter for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024 scheduled to take place in the USA and West Indies next month. 

In a recent conversation with the ICC, Yuvraj highlighted the left-hander's potential to sway matches in India's favor on significant platforms.

“I would probably go for Rishabh. Obviously, Sanju is also in great form, but Rishabh (is a) left-hander, and I believe that Rishabh has massive potential to win games for India, which he has done in the past. Lot more in Test cricket, and he’s someone who I feel can be a match-winner on the big stage,” Yuvraj said.

Singh, a key member of the 2007 T20 World Cup-winning team, emphasized the advantage of left-right batting combinations, advocating for Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal to open, followed by Virat Kohli at No. 3 and Suryakumar Yadav at No. 4.

“I think Rohit (Sharma) and (Yashasvi) Jaiswal should definitely open. Virat (Kohli) has been batting at No.3 and that’s his position. And then, you get Surya (Yadav) at four, and then you got a couple of big options. I’d like to see a couple of left-hand, right-hand combinations because it is harder to bowl at two combinations all the time,” he said.

Expressing contentment at Yuzvendra Chahal's inclusion in the squad, the former all-rounder praised India's bowling lineup, highlighting the importance of multiple spin options, especially in the latter stages of the tournament when pitches might slow down.

“It was nice to see Yuzvendra Chahal in the squad, because he’s been bowling really well. And the second half of the World Cup, you might have wickets slowing down, so it’s good to keep some bowling options in spin. We have Jasprit, Siraj; we have the experience with Arshdeep as well. So looks like a really strong side, but we have to prove it,” he concluded.

It is worth noting that India is in Group A alongside Pakistan, Ireland, Canada, and hosts USA. They kick off their campaign against Ireland on June 5 at the newly-built Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York, followed by a highly anticipated match against Pakistan on June 9 at the same venue. Subsequently, they will face USA and Canada on June 12 and 15, respectively.