[caption id="attachment_800254" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-800254" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Rishabh-Pant.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="355" /> Rishabh Pant, a hot prospect in India s ICC World Cup 2019 squad, added just 4 off 10 before he was cleaned up by Mitchell Santner on Wednesday. @ AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Former <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/">India</a> captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/sunil-gavaskar/">Sunil Gavaskar</a> has thrown his weight behind the promising young wicketkeeper-batsman <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rishabh-pant/">Rishabh Pant</a> s failure in India s <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-new-zealand-2018-19-1st-t20i-new-zealand-crush-india-by-record-80-runs-800018">record 80-run defeat</a> in the first Twenty20 International against New Zealand at WestPac Stadium in Wellington on Monday. <p></p> <p></p>Pant, who missed out on the ODI series in Australia and against New Zealand, joined the team earlier this week for the three T20Is. Pant, a hot prospect in India s <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc-world-cup-2019">ICC World Cup 2019</a> squad, added just 4 off 10 before he was cleaned up by <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mitchell-santner/">Mitchell Santner</a> as India were bowled out for 139 chasing a mammoth 220. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mahendra-singh-dhoni/">MS Dhoni</a> top scored with 39 off 31. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-new-zealand-if-mohammed-shami-develops-a-good-yorker-it-will-be-the-icing-on-the-cake-karsan-ghavri-800230">If Shami develops a good yorker, it will be the icing on the cake: Karsan Ghavri</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"I don't think so [Wellington knock hampered his chances of sealing a World Cup berth]. There are five more matches in India as well the 50-over matches and the T20I matches against the Australians where Rishabh can make an impact," Gavaskar told India Today on Wednesday. <p></p> <p></p>"And he just arrived in New Zealand. Believe me, it's very tough to score straightway when you have travelled. The jetlag was still around maybe. I am not trying to make excuses for the young man, it's just one match and anybody can fail. It's not a big deal." (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-new-zealand-we-leaked-runs-in-the-middle-overs-krunal-pandya-800195">We leaked runs in the middle overs: Krunal Pandya</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>The batting legend-turned-commentator reckons India should not be too concerned about their performance. He pointed out that there s no harm in trying out different combinations for the showpiece event in England and Wales. India included three wicketkeepers and as many allrounders in <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/vijay-shankar/">Vijay Shankar</a>, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/hardik-pandya/">Hardik Pandya</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/krunal-pandya/">Krunal Pandya</a> in the playing XI. <p></p> <p></p>"No, I don't think so [missed a trick with the playing XI]. It was the first match of the T20I series. You're trying to sort of assess the strengths and weaknesses of not just your team but also your opposition. I wouldn't be too worried about it. T20I can be very unpredictable. The best of teams can lose on the day," he said. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ravi-shastri-is-correct-kuldeep-yadav-not-ravichandran-ashwin-should-be-indias-main-spinner-harbhajan-singh-800166">'Shastri is correct, Kuldeep, not Ashwin, should be India s main spinner'</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"I think what India is looking at with this T20I how maybe some of the players can be looked at for the 50-over World Cup, which is in a couple of month's time. So, maybe that's the reason why Vijay Shankar got the promotion. So, if the team is looking to experiment at this stage, I won't be worried too much about the result."