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India T20 WC Squad: Rishabh Pant – Adam Gilchrist – The deadline for selection of the India T20 World Cup Squad is September…

India T20 WC Squad: Rishabh Pant – Adam Gilchrist – The deadline for selection of the India T20 World Cup Squad is September 15. Legendary cricketer Adam Gilchrist though, has backed Rishabh Pant to be in the team. He has become a big fan of the southpaw’s fearless batting. The legendary Australia cricketer has reserved the highest praise for him and said, “Rishabh Pant is the world’s most exciting cricketer in the world at the moment.” Follow India T20 WC Squad Live Updates with InsideSport.IN.

“I love left-handed Wicketkeeper batsman. And Rishabh Pant is a dangerous player, who can produce unexpected results. He is the most exciting cricketer in the World at the moment. He is an aggressive player,” Gilchrist said.

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India T20 WC Squad: Legendary Adam Gilchrist now BIG FAN of Rishabh Pant, calls him ‘world’s most exciting cricketer in the world at the moment’

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Rishabh Pant – Adam Gilchrist: How Rishabh Pant’s number stack with Gilchrist in different formats – Both Gilchrist and Pant’s T20I numbers are kind of similar. While the former Australia player only played 13 T20Is before he called it quits. His numbers though are a mixed bag. He scored 272 runs in 192 balls with an average of 22.67. On the other hand, Pant’s numbers are not jaw-dropping either in the shortest format.

He has played 51 T20Is and has scored 782 runs at an average of 22.34. The southpaw’s strike rate is also dismal looking at 124.32.

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Both players’ Test record is of stuff of dreams. Walking in at number seven in the Test format, both players attacked from word go and changed the complexion of the game. Gilchrist redefined the role of wicketkeeper batter in the 90s and early 2000s. He finished his Test career with 5570 runs in 96 Tests at an astonishing average of 47.61 and at a strike rate of 81.96. On the other hand, Pant became the fastest Indian wicketkeeper to get 2000 landmark in Tests in just 31 Tests. He has already scored 5 centuries.

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India T20 WC Squad: Legendary Adam Gilchrist now BIG FAN of Rishabh Pant, calls him ‘world’s most exciting cricketer in the world at the moment’

In the ODI format, Pant has started to finally fire and scored his 1st ODI century against England. Gilchrist truly bossed the 50-overs format as an opener. He decimated the bowling attack and ended up scoring 9619 runs with 16 centuries to his name.

India T20 WC Squad: Pant failing to crack the code in T20Is, but Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting backing him to succeed

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With only 12 T20Is to go, Pant has to fire and find form ahead of T20 World. While some experts are questioning his place for the T20 World Cup Squad, Gilchrist as well as Ricky Ponting has backed the youngster to be in the team. Both Aussie cricketing greats feel he will be the X-factor player. 

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