first_img4th Test, Day 3 Scores:(Full scorecard)Brief Scores:India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178)Australia 236 for 6 (Harris 79, Handscomb 28 not out, Cummins 25 not out, Kuldeep 3 for 71)Australia trail India by 386 runsFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar has urged the Indian team management to promote Rishabh Pant higher up the batting order to No. 6, saying he is more than a handy batsman to have in the side.Gavaskar pointed out that Pant has been getting decent starts in the ongoing series and the record-smashing century he scored in Sydney showcases his ability as a batsman.Pant, who was guilty of throwing away his wickets in the first three Tests of the ongoing tour, scored a well-paced 159 on Day 2 of the Sydney Test. During his 89-run stand with fellow centurion Cheteshwar Pujara, Pant curbed his natural instincts and played second fiddle.However, after Pujara’s dismissal, the 21-year-old went after the Australian attack and helped India post a mammoth total of 622 in the first innings.Pant became the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a century in Australia and also stitched a record-breaking 204-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja for the seventh wicket on Friday.”If at all, you’re looking at balancing the team out, then you have got to have Pant batting at No. 6. Every single game, he has contributed 30s and 40s. In Sydney, he scored a 159. Before that he has consistently got starts, which makes him a very useful batsman to have at No. 6. The more responsibility you give him at No. 6, he will convert a lot of those 30s and 40s into 100s,” Gavaskar told India Today.advertisementPant will get back into the limited-overs set-up soon: GavaskarSpeaking on Rishabh Pant’s exclusion from the ODI squads for the Australia and New Zealand series, Gavaskar said it’s only a matter of time that the Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman will be a permanent member of the Indian limited-overs sides.”It will happen sooner than later (play all three formats for India). But let’s not forget this was Test-match innings that he played,” Gavaskar added.”I think India need to first look at tour Test team, then we can think about getting him back into the ODI team. That day is also not too far away. We all know MSD (MS Dhoni) is not going to play after the ICC World Cup in June-July. Rishabh will get his opportunity in the next season, if not at the World Cup next year.”A lot has been said about Pant’s exclusion from the ODI squad, given his white-ball prowess. Speaking to India Today, former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin said Pant is a must for India’s World Cup 2019 plans.”India still have time to include him in the T20 and ODI sides. He is an attacking batsman and he should be part of the World Cup squad,” the former captain had said.Despite not picking him for the upcoming ODI series Down Under, selection committee chairman MSK Prasad had maintained Pant is still a part of India’s World Cup plans. However, with MS Dhoni being the first-choice wicketkeeper, it remains to be seen how the in-form left-hander will be slotted into the squad for the showpiece event in England.Also Read | India vs Australia: Adam Gilchrist is Rishabh Pant’s latest fan Also Read | Rishabh Pant will score more Test hundreds than MS Dhoni: Ricky PontingAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant sign SCG honours board after sensational hundredsAlso See:last_img read more