Indian T20 World Cup squad: Sourav Ganguly picks two specific selections. Not Virat Kohli or Shubman Gill

Indian T20 World Cup squad: Sourav Ganguly picks two specific selections.  Not Virat Kohli or Shubman Gill

T20 World Cup: Stock photo of Sourav Ganguly.© BCCI

Former captain Sourav Ganguly believes that Axar Patel will reserve his place in the Indian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup as he can be moved up the batting order depending on the match situation. Axar played magnificently the entire season with an economy rate of 7.06 and when he got promoted, he showed his batting prowess against Gujarat Titans. “Axar is a certainty. Rishabh and Axar are certainties for me in the T20 World Cup. The way things are going in T20, Rohit will want someone to come in at No. 8 and bat, give these 15-20 runs Axar can easily do it, and if he needs someone to hit the spinners, Axar can do that too.

“That's the good thing about Jadeja and Axar, they are so talented and gifted,” Delhi Capitals director of cricket Ganguly said on the eve of their IPL clash against Mumbai Indians.

Ganguly, who helped left-hander Axar with his batting, said the all-rounder had the ability to bat in Tests as well as T20s.

“You should have the ability to hit the ball. You don't need to have time for technique in T20 cricket. But your basics have to be there and he always had that.

“When you see his batting in Tests for India, he gets runs under pressure on turning pitches. He has the ability to hit but in T20 you need the ability to hit and he does that when he is pushed up and he has a little more time to settle in and continue hitting.

“He is a tremendous cricketer – bats, bowls, fields. He has the ability to bat and can bat in T20 cricket. He is a very gifted cricketer,” Ganguly added.

Pant showed that he has fully recovered from the injuries sustained during his horrific car accident, scoring three half-centuries in the ongoing IPL. He was at his belligerent best against the Gujarat Titans.

He is locked in a battle with Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan and Dinesh Karthik for the wicketkeeper position, but Ganguly is confident that the 26-year-old from Uttarakhand is a guarantee in the Indian team.

“I like Rishabh and Sanju. Rishabh will go to the T20 World Cup. Sanju could go too, not saying he shouldn't. He is as good a player as anyone, and keeps, bats, captains “Both can go if the selectors feel so,” he added.

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