My responsibility to get Rishabh Pant back to his best when he's struggling, says Ravi Shastri
Indian head coach Ravi Shastri has stated that the Indian team management will ensure the young players, who are being picked keeping the World T20 in mind next year, will be given a long rope in the team to find their feet and settle down well. Giving the example of young wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant, Shastri said he has the right to scold him when he is not doing well and applaud him when he performs well.
Of late Pant has received criticism from all corners for his poor form with the willow in the limited-overs format. Owing to his uncanny shot selections and the lack of temperament, Pant has not been able to live up to the expectations. He was dropped from the Test squad for the recently-concluded Test series with Wriddhiman Saha getting a nod ahead of him to keep the wickets.
However, Pant has been touted to be Dhoni's replacement across formats and is India's first-choice wicket-keeper for the World T20 next year. Shastri hinted that Pant and other young players will get their time to ensure there is a sense of security among them. He stated that India will not follow the chopping and changing policy.
"The team management will ensure there's a sense of security among the pool of players and we will also ensure that if there's any lack of communication between the selectors and the players, the team management will step in and make sure that everybody's on the same page at all times. Look at Rishabh for instance - it is my responsibility to get him back to his best when he's struggling. I have the right to scold him when I'm unhappy as much as I'm sure I'll give him a standing ovation when he does well," Shastri told Times of India in an interview.
Pant has been named in both the T20I and Test squads for the upcoming series against Bangladesh which gets underway on November 03. India are scheduled to play three T20Is followed by two Tests against the Bangla Tigers. Pant will be keen on finding his form back with the bat and cement his spot in the T20I side with Sanju Samson breathing down his neck.