Rishabh Pant: The biggest challenge for any player is to perform on the grand stage. And that’s what we have seen in the ongoing T20 World Cup in Australia. The tournament has reached its business end and has produced some spectacular performances from some teams and players. But when it comes to performing consistently in the tournament, two players stand out from each other. Former Indian captain Virat Kohli and star batter Suryakumar Yadav are among them.

Both of them have done exceptionally well in the competition and have the highest run totals. Thus, for anyone who wants to pick a dream T20I lineup, these two will certainly make that XI. And considering their current form, no one will think of leaving them in their XI. But then there is Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who thinks a bit differently.

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Rishabh Pant leaves out Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli from his Dream XI For T20 Format

Rishabh Pant Picks His Dream XI for T20, No Place for Virat Kohli or Suryakumar Yadav
Rishabh Pant Picks His Dream XI for T20, No Place for Virat Kohli or Suryakumar Yadav

India is scheduled to play England in the second semi-final at the Adelaide Oval. In an interaction with the International Cricket Council (ICC), ahead of the game, Pant revealed his first five picks for his dream T20 XI. However, the surprise was that he didn’t pick either Virat Kohli or Suryakumar Yadav in his top picks. Instead, he named England captain Jos Buttler as his first pick for his dream team.

He also picked English all-rounder Liam Livingstone for his pick. For the other three, he named himself the wicket-keeper. Then, for the bowling options, he named Indian star pacer Jasprit Bumrah and Afghanistan star leg-spinner Rashid Khan. Furthermore, he said,

“The first five players which I would pick in a T20 XI for my side are… Jos Buttler. I love watching Livingstone, the way he has been playing over the last two, three years. Choosing Bumrah, there is never a doubt. Because I’m choosing this team, I have to be in it.”

Pant replaced Dinesh Karthik in the last group game against Zimbabwe. Notably, Pant is also on the Indian side for the second semi-final against England. He has picked himself, along with Buttler and Livingstone. So it will be interesting to see who among these three will perform better.

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