Rishabh Pant’s shot selection has let the team down sometimes: Ravi Shastri
Rishabh Pant of India hits 6 during the 3rd T20I match between West Indies and India at Guyana National Stadium in Providence, Guyana, on August 6, 2019. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP)
Commenting on India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant’s poor shot selection, coach Ravi Shastri said the young sensation, sometimes, loses his wicket in crucial times where “the need of the hour is some sensible cricket” and lets the team down.
Pant, who gained eminence after his IPL heroics, has often come under the scanner for his impatience as he often tends to go for his shots with complete disregard to the situation.
During the recent 3rd ODI against West Indies in Port-of-Spain, Pant skipped down the track against bowler Fabian Allen off his 1st ball with India needing 164 runs to win off 22.3 overs, ending up losing his wicket.
Referring to the same incident, Shastri said in an interview to Star Sports: “When you see a shot like the one in Trinidad, off the first ball, (it’s disappointing).”
“He tries to repeat it a couple of times and gets out, he will be told,” Shastri said, adding, “There will be a rap on the knuckles there – talent or no talent – because you are letting the team down, forget letting yourself down. You are letting the team down in a situation where you have the captain at the other end (Kohli was at the crease when Pant got out with India needing 164 off 22.3 overs). You have a target to chase where the need of the hour is some sensible cricket.”