Shane Warne wants this player to open for India instead of Shikhar Dhawan

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India vs Australia | Shane Warne wants Rishabh Pant to open with Rohit Sharma against Australia

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Shane Warne feels that Rishabh Pant can play as a specialist batsman in the Indian ODI team and even backed the talented youngster to open alongside Rohit Sharma. According to the former leg-spinner, Pant can be an ex-factor while batting up the order during the upcoming 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Warne wants India to experiment with their top-order in the upcoming limited-overs home series against Australia starting from February 24 with the first T20I in Vizag. Warne feels that someone like Pant can not only fit in the batting order alongside MS Dhoni but can even open the batting with Rohit Sharma.

"There has been talk if Rishabh Pant can play in the side. I think Dhoni and Pant both can play. I can't see why Rishabh Pant can't play as a batsman, he is outstanding. Maybe even open the batting with Rohit Sharma," Warne was quoted as saying to India Today.

"I know Shikhar Dhawan does a great job but Rishabh Pant opening the batting with Rohit Sharma could be pretty cool too for India. Go with some of these X-factor type things and tactical battles, where you surprise the opposition."

Warne wants India to experiment this in the upcoming limited overs series against Australia as this can be a blueprint for what one can expect in the upcoming World Cup in England.

“It could be worth throwing Rishabh Pant at the top of the order for a couple of games and see how he goes. Maybe against Australia now and experiment and see how he goes for the World Cup. Dhawan may have a role to play somewhere else. But I am really looking forward to seeing what India have because they have a lot of players who can do a lot of roles," said the 49-year-old.

"I think India can now have a dominant time in world cricket if they can keep their players on the park, the players stay hungry and value the opportunity and be grateful to play Test cricket.Yes, they can make money from IPL and make a fortune. But if they can keep the hunger up to compete in the highest form of the game, that is tests, they can dominate world cricket for a long time."

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