India has made a plan for the T20 World Cup, Rishabh Pant showed the breakthrough against West Indies

India batsman and goalkeeper Rishabh Pant said the team plans to try as many options as possible ahead of the T20 World Cup in eight months. Pant, who was named vice-captain of the Indian team for the ongoing series against the West Indies in the absence of Lokesh Rahul, scored an extravagant half-century during India’s eight-run victory in the second match on Friday night.

When Pant was asked about plans for the T20 World Cup to take place in Australia, he said after the match: “There’s still time left in the World Cup, so our plan is to try as many options as possible.”

“We are trying to figure out which position suits who and how they can benefit the team. We are trying many options, in the end what suits the team will be the final decision.

The fast bowling pair of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have been rested for the series. In his absence, pacemaker Harshal Patel kept India in victory despite Rovman Powell’s back-to-back sixes in the final. Pant said the team’s plan was to keep the ball off the stump. He said: “After scoring two sixes, there was talk that he would try to keep the ball out of the offside, but in the end it worked according to the strong side of him.”

Pant said: “Obviously there was a lot of pressure in the match, but as individual players we focused on our abilities rather than overthinking.”

With injury-ravaged Hardik Pandya unavailable, India are looking to use fast bowling all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer as a finisher. He played an inning of 33 runs on 18 balls in the second game and with Pant, adding 76 runs on 35 balls, he played a major role in bringing the team’s score to 186 runs for five wickets. Asked about securing a spot on the team by hitting at number five, Pant said: “He’s part of the team plan. As an individual player, I don’t think about whether I have to secure this spot or that spot.

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India now has another spin option in the form of 21-year-old googly specialist Ravi Bishnoi. Bishnoi took two wickets for 17 runs as he made his debut in the first T20, for which he was declared the man of the match. In the second match he took a wicket for 30 runs and Pant was constantly talking to this young player behind the wicket. He said: “The most important thing for a new player in the team is to give him confidence. The more confidence you give him, the more important it is.”

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