Asia Cup 2022 | With Ravindra Jadeja unwell, Rishabh Pant has to replace Dinesh Karthik

Scott Styris, a former all-rounder for New Zealand, stated that India cannot take the chance of playing without Rishabh Pant in the top six after Ravindra Jadeja's knee injury on Friday forced him to withdraw from the rest of the competition.

The injury to Ravindra Jadeja would force India to make changes, according to former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris, who also stated that Rishabh Pant must be in the top 6 for the reigning champions for the duration of the Asia Cup 2022.

Due to a right knee injury, Ravindra Jadeja, who starred in India's victories against Pakistan and Hong Kong in Group A, was ruled out on Friday. Axar Patel has been named as Jadeja's replacement, according to the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

In their 5-wicket victory against Pakistan in the Asia Cup opening, India had Dinesh Karthik instead of Rishabh Pant and had chosen to bat Jadeja at No. 4

Wednesday's match against Hong Kong saw Pant return to the starting lineup, but only after Hardik Pandya was rested because India preferred Karthik as their go-to finisher.

However, Styris thinks India needs a left-hander in the top six players now that Jadeja is hurt because the opposition would try to take advantage of the lack of diversity if India starts with right-handers.

On Friday, Styris said to Star Sports, "I think you have to make a change now, I think Rishabh Pant needs to replace Dinesh Karthik

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