Indian cricket team’s head coach and former cricketer Ravi Shastri gave a few insights about batsman Rishabh Pant’s current game. Pant has been suffering from a bad form since a few months now and his position in the team has been questioned. Along with his position, skipper Virat Kohli’s hold on the team and selector’s decisions have also been scrutinized.
Pant’s bad form has led to a lot of questions and he has been in limelight ever since. According to former cricketer Ajit Agarkar, Pant is getting way too much media attention which is giving him unnecessary pressure and might be reason for his reckless game, while the constant comparison with former skipper M.S. Dhoni is also something that could cause stress.
Shastri recently said that he will “rap Pant on the knuckles” if he gets out quickly again. Once again in the last T-20 against South Africa, Pant got out when he was needed the most. While being questioned Shastri ssaid that it was his responsibility to pull up the players when things are not in proper shape for them.
Shastri defended Pant by saying,
“ Don’t say team management, I spoke about ‘the rap on the knuckles’. If someone goofs up, I have to pull them up. Am I there only to play tabla? But this guy is world-class, this guy can be destructive, can be a destroyer. And we will give him all the support that he needs to prosper in international cricket“
“Pant is different, he is world class and is a brutal match-winner. Very few around in the world game; I can’t pick five on my hands when it comes to white-ball cricket, T20 cricket. So the patience we will have with him is a lot.advertisement
“All your media reports and all the experts writing (but) Pant is in great space with this Indian team. Experts, they have a job, they can speak. Pant is a special kid and he has already done enough. And he is only going to learn. This team management will back him to the hilt.”
There are still a few months for the T-20 world cup and people are hopig that Pant comes back in form.