Gautam Gambhir on MS Dhoni's future in the team, Rishabh Pant's role, Rohit Sharma as Test opener and more

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir felt that a player like Rohit Sharma should not be warming the benches in the longest format of the game
Gautam Gambhir on MS Dhoni's future in the team, Rishabh Pant's role, Rohit Sharma as Test opener and more
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Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has asked the Indian selectors to speak with wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni regarding his future with the Indian Cricket Team. Currently, MS Dhoni has expressed his unavailability till the end of November.

Gautam Gambhir said, "I have always maintained this one thing. Retirement is an individual call, I think for me selectors should talk to him and ask him about his future plan. Ultimately for me, playing for India, you should not be picking and choosing series."

In MS Dhoni's absence, Rishabh Pant has taken up the repsonsibility of donning the big gloves. However, in the recently concluded series against South Africa, Rishabh Pant managed to score just 23 runs from two T20Is.

On Rishabh Pant, Gautam Gambhir said, "There is too much attention that is being given to a new player. He is just 21, he has played for last two and a half years. He has got two hundreds in Test cricket. We should not be comparing him with anyone, the team management should be backing him in the right way. He is still young and he has got a long future ahead."

"Team management should talk to Pant. Not just Kohli, Ravi Shastri should also speak to him. Pant should be given freedom, if you curb him, he won't play to his potential. You have to accept that Pant will not always get his shot selection right. On his day, he can win you a game."

Gautam Gambhir also felt that Rohit Sharma should open the batting in the longest format of the game.

"If a player scores 5 hundreds in the World Cup, then he should be given a chance in the Test format. If he is in the Test team, then he must play. A player like him should not warm the bench."

The first Test against South Africa will be played at Vizag from October 2.

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