Rishabh Pant displayed his skills when he scored a scintillating 114-run knock in the fourth innings of the Oval Test against England in September this year. @ AFP
Rishabh Pant displayed his skills when he scored a scintillating 114-run knock in the fourth innings of the Oval Test against England in September this year. @ AFP

Former India pacer Zaheer Khan feels young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant can claim his spot for the ICC World Cup 2019 next year that will be held in England and Wales. Pant displayed his skills when he scored a scintillating 114-run knock in the fourth innings of the Oval Test against in September this year. Pant was also involved a 204-run partnership with KL Rahul for the sixth wicket as India harboured hopes of a win that was ultimately snatched by the hosts.

“I think Rishabh Pant can claim his spot in the team with about 25 matches to go, it’s still a long way,” Zaheer said.

“The team management has been very open trying different options which is something that they will keep an eye on because he’s got the ability to change the tempo of the game and hit big sixes which will be required in those death overs,” he added.

Zaheer, who claimed 282 wickets in 200 ODIs, reckons that India can board the flight to England with five specialist bowlers that consists of three seamers and two spinners. “They could go with five specialist bowlers, three seamers and a couple of spinners or they would need to find someone who is going to be a replacement for Hardik Pandya if he is not available or fit,” he said.