I will go for Rishabh Pant if Kedar Jadhav fails to recover in time: Roger Binny

NEW DELHI: Former Indian pacer Roger Binny feels that the challenge Indian cricketers will face in the World Cup will be to stay fresh and match fit after a long season.
In his column for the Times of India, Binny wrote, “The Indian team goes into the World Cup after what has been a long season. The good thing is that they have been playing some sort of cricket. Now the fact is that it may be construed as being too much at times, but that’s the way modern day cricket is. The challenge is to keep themselves fresh for the World Cup. One good thing is that the bowlers can be relaxed in the one-day game, unlike in a T20 format when a batsman is trying to knock you out from the very first ball. We had the Aussies before the IPL, so in a sense it has been a long drawn out season. It is time for the Indian squad to regroup and most importantly aim to be match fit.”
ICC World Cup 2019 Schedule
Binny is of the opinion that playing too many matches before the World Cup won’t be an advantage for teams.
“I have been following most other sides. A lot of them are playing a lot of one-day cricket in the lead-up. In fact Pakistan is playing some 11 games in England before the World Cup. I don’t think it is an advantage for anyone. If you are looking at a Test series, then you can look to go there well in advance, because English conditions are different. There can be swing and some movement off the tracks in Test matches. But in ODIs and T20 cricket hardly any technique is involved. Most times you will have flat pitches and even if the ball is seaming, you have to whack the ball because the time is short! So acclimatisation in theory is fine for Test cricket but not for the white ball format. India won’t take time to acclimatise themselves unlike a Pakistan because Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side are coming off a poor recent run,” Binny added.
Binny favoured Rishabh Pant to be selected in Indian squad in case Kedar Jadhav doesn’t recover from injury in time.
“Fitness, as I say, is the key to India’s chances. I have noted that Kedar Jadhav is under a bit of a cloud. If he doesn’t get fit, I would go for Rishabh Pant. He is one of those players who can tear any bowling apart and win you games. Pant can change the course of a game in ten overs or half an hour. You need someone like him if you want to win major titles. He may come across as being immature in shot selection at times. But how does one learn? Only by playing more, earning your place in the team. He is a long-term investment,” Binny concluded.
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