“I’d want to open in T20s, No. 4-5 in ODIs and Tests I’m already batting at No. 5,” Pant told Harsha Bhogle on Prime Video.
Bhogle went on to ask indirectly why Pant’s Test numbers looked the best when he came across more as a white-ball player.
“Record is just a number, my white-ball record is not bad either,” Pant replied. When Bhogle said he was merely comparing Pant’s Test and white-ball records, Pant said, “Comparison is not a part of my life, I’m just 24-25 so you can compare once I’m 30-32. There’s no logic in comparing before that.”
Pant made his India debut in T20Is in February 2017, Test debut in August 2018 and ODI debut two months later in October. While his penchant for pulling off unorthodox shots makes him seem like a natural white-ball batter, especially in T20s, he is more of a certainty in India’s Test XI currently, then in ODIs, and in T20Is at last.
Pant had earlier said that he doesn’t premeditate much in ODIs, because it’s not required.
“It’s mostly in T20s, not in white-ball cricket [that one has to premeditate],” he said. “There’s no real need to premeditate in one-day cricket but you have to in T20s.”
Pant averages 43.32 from 31 Tests with the help of five hundreds, four of which have come outside Asia, and only one in India. In ODIs, too, he has been a middle-order mainstay, especially since the 2019 World Cup. He has averaged nearly 40 while scoring 638 runs from 17 innings while striking at 110.76, with one century and five half-centuries.