'He is just the future and needs to be backed' - Matthew Hayden backs Rishabh Pant for his including in India's playing XI


Rohit Sharma-led Indian side have been defeated by Australia in their first outing at Mohali on 20th September, Tuesday. Rohit Sharma and his men didn't have a good time on the field as they lost their first game against Australia even after scoring 208 on the board.

They have asked to bat first by the visitors and in reply, India posted a humongous total of 208 runs with the help of Hardik Pandya's swashbuckling 71 runs off just 30 balls. His innings included the likes of 7 fours and 5 sixes.

Chasing a huge target, Australia got the start from their openers, especially Cameron Green, who smashed 61 runs from 30 balls with the help of 8 fours and 4 sixes.

After his dismissal, Australia struggled a bit in the middle but thanks to Mathew Wade and Tim Wade as they went through the Indian bowling line-up to win the game and also got the lead of 1-0 in the three-match series.

He needs to be backed and needs time: Matthew Hayden

Rishabh Pant

The former Australia cricketer Matthew Hayden has backed the Indian wicket-keeper batter who was left out during the first T20I against Australia, as Team India went on with Dinesh Karthik ahead of that clash.

However, a lot of questions were raised when Rohit Sharma went on with Dinesh Karthik ahead of Rishabh Pant. In that case, one of the finest cricketers of Australia, Matthew Hayden backed the young cricketer while speaking on air and said, "Rishabh Pant would be picked in every side if I was the selector.

He is just the future. He needs to be backed and needs time. Even if it's through runs or form, he should be there in my opinion. He is a superior player in pretty much every way and aspect," as quoted by CricTracker.