[caption id="attachment_802955" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-802955" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Rishabh-Pant-AFP.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="353" /> With India closing in on their final 15 for the ICC World Cup 2019, Rishabh Pant has got a solid endorsement from Shane Warne. @ AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><strong>New Delhi:</strong> Spin great <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/shane-warne/">Shane Warne</a> feels the young <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rishabh-pant/">Rishabh Pant</a> can play as a specialist batsman in the Indian ODI team and even backed the talented youngster to open alongside <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rohit-sharma/">Rohit Sharma</a>. <p></p> <p></p>With India closing in on their final 15 for the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc-world-cup-2019">ICC World Cup 2019</a>, Pant has got a solid endorsement from Warne. <p></p> <p></p>"There has been talk if Rishabh Pant can play in the side. I think <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mahendra-singh-dhoni/">MS Dhoni</a> and Pant both can play. I can't see why Rishabh Pant can't play as a batsman, he is outstanding. Maybe even open the batting with Rohit Sharma," Warne told <em>India Today</em>. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/favourites-india-peaking-at-the-right-time-before-the-world-cup-vvs-laxman-802937">Favourites India peaking at the right time before the World Cup: VVS Laxman</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"I know <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/shikhar-dhawan/">Shikhar Dhawan</a> does a great job but Rishabh Pant opening the batting with Rohit Sharma could be pretty cool too for India. Go with some of these X-factor type things and tactical battles, where you surprise the opposition," said the Australian legend. <p></p> <p></p>Warne wants India to experiment with their top-order in the upcoming home series against Australia, starting February 24 with the first T20. <p></p> <p></p>"It could be worth throwing Rishabh Pant at the top of the order for a couple of games and see how he goes. Maybe against Australia now and experiment and see how he goes for the World Cup. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/india-vs-new-zealand-i-genuinely-believed-that-i-could-hit-a-six-dinesh-karthik-on-not-giving-the-strike-to-krunal-pandya-802903">I genuinely believed that I could hit a six: Dinesh Karthik on not giving the strike to Krunal Pandya</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"Dhawan may have a role to play somewhere else. But I am really looking forward to seeing what India have because they have a lot of players who can do a lot of roles," said the 49-year-old. <p></p> <p></p>Talking about Indian cricket, Warne said its national team can dominate the world for years. <p></p> <p></p>"I think India can now have a dominant time in world cricket if they can keep their players on the park, the players stay hungry and value the opportunity and be grateful to play Test cricket. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/i-learnt-a-lot-watching-ms-dhoni-during-run-chases-vijay-shankar-802544">I learnt a lot watching MS Dhoni during run chases: Vijay Shankar</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"Yes, they can make money from IPL and make a fortune. But if they can keep the hunger up to compete in the highest form of the game, that is tests, they can dominate world cricket for a long time," Warned added.