Rishabh Pant Has Let The Team Down In West Indies, Says Ravi Shastri
Team India’s wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant had a poor outing in the recent series against West Indies. With all speculations over Pant’s place in the playing XI, head coach Ravi Shastri has made it clear that Pant will face the heat if he continues to play rash shots.
The Delhi-born cricket managed to score only one half-century across formats in the Caribbean tour. Rishabh Pant has struggled to put runs and has also lacked maturity. Moreover, Pant has played rash shots and gave away his wickets in crunch situations.
Rishabh Pant has come up to be India’s first-choice wicket-keeper with MS Dhoni in the dawn of his career. But Pant’s consecutive poor returns has raised speculations over his place. And with the likes of Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan breaking on Pan’t shoulders, things look grimmer for him.Rishabh Pant. (Credits – AP)
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Ravi Shastri has also made it clear that they won’t let things go every time. He also did not mince words as he pointed out that the young wicketkeeper-batsman has let the team down during India’s recent tour.
“We’ll let him be but at times when you see a shot, like the first ball dismissal in Trinidad, if he repeats that, then he will be told. There will be a rap on the knuckles, talent or no talent,” Shastri said to Star Sports.
“As simple as that. Because you are letting the team down, forget letting yourselves down. In a situation where you have the captain at the other end, a target to chase, the need of the hour is sensible cricket,” he added.Ravi Shastri. Credit: Getty Images
Furthermore, Ravi Shastri added that Rishabh Pant needs to work on his shot selections and decision making. The head coach, who started his second term recently feels if Pant can add these two traits to his game, he will be unstoppable.
“No one will even think of changing his style. Like Virat said, reading the situation, match-awareness and shot-selection becomes crucial. If he can fathom that, he could be unstoppable. It could take one game, it could take four games. He has played so much IPL cricket, he will learn. It’s time now for him to step up and show how devastating he can be,” Shastri concluded.