Indian team is currently in action during the ongoing 20-20 World Cup 2022. The men in blue have won two out of their three matches played so far in the tournament. Recently, they lost against South Africa in the third match of their campaign. Now, Rohit’s men will face Bangladesh on the 2nd of November at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide.

Notably, the Indian camp has made only one change till now in the tournament. It was Deepak Hooda who replaced the all-rounder Axar Patel in the playing XI. But apart from this, former Indian opener Virender Sehwag has recently come up with his opinion on the Indian lineup for the next matches of the tournament. The 44-year-old backed the young wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant to replace the senior veteran Dinesh Karthik to be part of the final XI in the upcoming assignments of the Indian team in the 20-20 World Cup.

This should have been the case from the first day – Virender Sehwag on Rishabh Pant

“This should have been the case from the first day. Pant has played Tests and ODIs there and has performed. When did Dinesh Karthik last play in Australia? This isn’t a Bangalore wicket. I said this even today that Pant should’ve been in the team instead of Hooda, Pant has the experience of playing here. He broke Gabba’s pride in his legendary knock),” said Sehwag to CricBuzz.

(“Ye toh pehle din se hona chahiye tha. Vo vahan Test cricket khele hain, ODI khele hain aur perform kiya hai. Dinesh Karthik kab Australia me khele hain? Ye koi Bangalore ki wicket nahi hai. Main aaj bhi ye hi keh raha tha ki Hooda ki jagah Pant ko khilaate, unko vahan khelne ka anubhav hai. Unhone Gabba ka ghamand toda hai Australia ka.”

“I can only give them suggestions, it’s the management’s decision. If Karthik is fit, they will go back to him again. But according to me, Rishabh Pant should’ve been in the XI from the start),” he added later.

Former Indian batter bats for Rishabh Pant to be the part of playing XI instead of Dinesh Karthik