India vs West Indies, 3rd T20I: Rishabh Pant is “the future, definitely” certifies Virat Kohli after 3-0 sweep
Rishabh Pant hit four fours and four sixes in his unbeaten 65 in Guyana. © AFP

Doubts over Rishabh Pant‘s place in the Indian cricket team have been erased by Virat Kohli, who gave his vote of confidence to the youngster after the seven-wicket win over West Indies in the third T2oI on Tuesday in Guyana.

After Pant scored 65 not out off 42 balls, his fourth six completing the win, Kohli said that the wicketkeeper-batsman was “the future, definitely”.


Set a target of 147, India won by seven wickets with five deliveries remaining to complete a 3-0 sweep. While Deepak Chahar was Man of the Match for his stunning spell of 3/4 that rocked West Indies early in the game, also starring was Pant with his highest T20I score.

This match-clinching innings of 65 not out came after two failures on the Florida T20Is, including a golden duck in the first match where Pant swung his first ball to deep midwicket.

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Kohli – who himself scored 59 off 45 balls – felt that Pant’s not out effort underlined the talent he has. The 22-year-old has been India’s preferred Test wicketkeeper in India’s last three series and has been given the role across formats for the tour of the West Indies, as MS Dhoni heads into a mentorship role in the last stage of his career.

“We are looking at Rishabh as the future, definitely. Got a lot of skill and talent,” said Kohli. “It’s about winning and finishing games like these. International cricket you need to tackle pressure differently. He has come a long way since he’s started. If he plays like this regularly, we will see his potential shine for India.”

Following this 3-0 sweep of West Indies, India play three ODIs and then two Tests on tour.