Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Aggressive wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant is out of the Indian team for a long time after facing a tragic car accident. However, former India great and legendry batsman Sunil Gavaskar has backed Pant to stake a claim for a spot in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024 squad.

Pant is expected to play for Delhi Capitals (DC) in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024.

In a recent interview, Gavaskar said that Pant is an impact player for the Indian cricket team and irrespective of his form in the IPL, he will surely be a major contender for a spot in the T20 World Cup squad if he is completely fit.

“Yeah, Pant should walk back into the team. He is an impact player. He shows his fitness in the IPL. Four months to go for the IPL. He plays the IPL. Whatever he does at the IPL. If he plays the whole IPL without any injury setback, then he walks into the team. Whether he scores one run or no runs at all in the IPL. I think he is a game-changer. He would be one of the first couple of picks if I was a selector,” said Gavaskar.

Notably, Pant has been missing in action since late 2022 after he was involved in an accident.