Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Legendary batsman and former India captain Sunil Gavaskar is expecting a three-horse race for the vacant wicketkeeper spot at Team India in the upcoming ICC World T20 this year. 

The Little Master backed aggressive wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant to reclaim his spot in the Indian squad.

Pant suffered multiple injuries in a serious car crash. He is expected to return for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024.

Gavaskar threw his weight behind Pant to be included in the Indian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Gavaskar believes that Pant is a game-changer for Rohit Sharma’s men.

“I see Rahul as a wicketkeeper as well. However, I will say one thing before that. If Rishabh Pant is fit on even one leg, he should come in the team because he is a game-changer in every format. If I am the selector, I will put his name first,” said Gavaskar during an interview.

“However, if Rishabh Pant is unavailable and KL Rahul keeps wickets, it will be good because the balance will also get created. Then you have the option to play him as an opener or use him in the middle order as a finisher at No. 5 or No. 6,” the former India captain added.