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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. (FULL MATCH REPORT)