Former India batter, Suresh Raina, believes that Rishabh Pant is likely to be the preferred wicketkeeper-batsman for captain Rohit Sharma. Raina expressed his opinion on Colors Cineplex, stating that Pant’s performance in the upcoming IPL season will be crucial in determining his position in the squad for the T20 World Cup. He also mentioned Sanju Samson as a potential contender, noting his versatile batting and captaincy experience with the Rajasthan Royals. In the first T20I against Afghanistan, Jitesh Sharma was selected as wicketkeeper, leaving Samson on the bench. Ishan Kishan is currently rested, while there is no official explanation for the absence of KL Rahul from the series.