Rishabh Pant Has Found A Backer In Gautam Gambhir. The Former Opener Feels It's Wrong To Criticise Him So Early

Indiatimes

Indiatimes

Author 2019-09-27 13:23:05

Gautam Gambhir believes it is unfair to slam Rishabh Pant at such an early stage in his career and wants and both Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri to guide him.

Pant is India's first choice keeper in across formats, has been in the firing line for his bad selection of shots that are leading to early dismissals and low scores in the recent series vs West Indies and South Africa.

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"I feel if you focus solely on a young player, who has been in the international arena for just around a year, he will feel the pressure," Gambhir said.

"In such a short time, he (Pant) has smashed two Test tons. If you don't find his shot selections ideal, it is his style of play. If you give him a chance in the team then kindly back him and it is wrong to criticise him so early.

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"Not only (Virat) Kohli but also coach Ravi Shastri should talk to Pant. It is the duty of the team management to personally talk to the player who is not in form or if he is not perfect with his shot selection as it would help him improve and regain his touch. There is a need to give him freedom," he added.

Gambir also spoke about the future of former skipper and veteran keeper MS Dhoni.

"I have always said that the decision to retire is anyone's personal call. I feel the selectors should talk to Dhoni and ask him about his plans because if you play for India, you cannot select the series you want to play," he said.

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He was also of the opinion that India would miss Jasprit Bumrah who will miss the Tests vs South Africa due to a back injury.

"He is the number one bowler in Test cricket. Surely, the team will miss him. Bumrah is undoubtedly a great challenge for any team in any format of the game and his absence will affect the side," he said.

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Gambhir was also confident that Rohit Sharma will stand up to the challenge of being a Test opener.

"Rohit slammed five centuries in the World Cup and so, his inclusion in the team is not a surprise," he said.

"If you have drafted him in the team then you should include him in the playing XI as well as he is a great batsman and I think he is ready for the challenge," he added.

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