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Sanjay Manjrekar Refuses to Answer a 'Tough' Query on Indian Team Selection For T20 World Cup

By: Cricketnext Staff


Last Updated: August 12, 2022, 09:29 IST

New Delhi, India

Sanjay Manjrekar says he's 'stumped'. (Pic Credit: IG/Sanjay Manjrekar)

Sanjay Manjrekar says he's 'stumped'. (Pic Credit: IG/Sanjay Manjrekar)

With plenty of options to choose from, the Indian team management will have a hard time zeroing in on a top-three for the T20 World Cup in Australia

With the T20 World Cup fast approaching, the Indian selectors have their task cut out to finalise a bunch of players they think will deliver the silverware which the team last won in 2007. It’s not that they have any dearth of options.

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The problem is exact opposite - there are plenty of choices. Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav are more or less a certainty to form the team’s top-order but there’s a difficult question that needs to be addressed soon.

Since the South Africa T20I series in June, the Indian team management has experimented with their top-three batters. The likes of Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar among others have been asked to open the innings against different teams.


And in the absence of Rahul, who has been battling fitness concerns, Rohit (when not resting) has been the only constant presence at the top. Now, with a fully fit Rahul back in the mix and Kohli all but certain to bat at no 3, what happens to all those backup options?

Will it be Rohit, Rahul and Kohli as top-three? The question is so complicated given the current circumstances that even former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar, known for speaking his mind, seems a bit confused.

“Not answering that. It’s a tough one, really tough, because there are some serious contenders there. That’s why these matches before the T20 World Cup are so important," said Manjrekar on the Sports 18 show Sports Over the Top.

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“KL Rahul has to be part of the T20 team. So has to be Virat Kohli just because of the stage and the pressure that comes in. It’s going to be a tough one. We have seen Suryakumar Yadav bat in the top three, we have seen Rishabh Pant bat in the top three. These are all very exciting options, so let’s see how it goes,” he added.

Though Manjrekar is intrigued by the prospect of Pant opening with Rohit, he still feels ‘stumped’.

“I love that idea of Rishabh Pant opening with Rohit Sharma. So that is something I am excited about, the possibility is there. It’s such a difficult one. You have got Virat Kohli, you have got KL Rahul, you have got Suryakumar Yadav and I think these are the three serious contenders. I am stumped," Manjrekar said.

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first published:August 12, 2022, 09:29 IST
last updated:August 12, 2022, 09:29 IST