Rishabh Pant Should Learn The Art Of Shot Selection From His Captain Virat Kohli
India's batting innings against South Africa in the second match of the T20I series had perfect examples of how to ace at batting in an international cricket, displayed by the Indian captain, Virat Kohli and how to do the complete opposite of that, thanks to Rishabh Pant.
After opener Rohit Sharma was dismissed by Andile Phehlukwayo on an LBW appeal, even the commentators were surprised to see Pant enter the field, as people were expecting to see Shreyas Iyer partner with Kohli to finish the game.
Hopeful that the 21-year-old would have learnt from his numerous mistakes, we expected him to not give away his wicket like he did during the ICC World Cup semi-final against New Zealand or during the West Indies series, but maybe we were too quick to judge as Pant did exactly that.
Another day, another horrible shot to give up his wicket.— Aditya Pandey (@adityapandey148) September 18, 2019
After making four quick runs, the wicket-keeper batsman tried to play a rather awkward reverse sweep and the ball went straight to Tabraiz Shamsi who comfortably caught the ball at slip.
Pant had no option but to stand there at the crease and smile helplessly before walking back to the dressing room.
The biggest problem with Pant right now is that he looks to make some really bad decisions when it comes to shot selection, a department Virat Kohli feels like the headmaster of.
Virat Kohli to Rishabh Pant right now#INDvSApic.twitter.com/jE5QmfzIAB— Right Arm Over (@RightArmOver_) September 18, 2019
Kohli, who summed up a total of 72 runs off 52 deliveries, played some of the best shots this generation of cricket fans will get to see. Technique, timing, accuracy, you name it and Kohli was on point with all of them.
Fighting back pains, it was clear that the Indian skipper would not be able to generate enough power to send the ball flying over the ropes. So he decided to use the bowlers' momentum against themselves.
Take a look at this classic flick of the wrist that Kohli used against a pace monster like Kagiso Rabada for a maximum:
Flick to Six - the Virat Kohli way https://t.co/kIonh5MEHS#BCCI— Desi Cricket (@Desicrictweets) September 19, 2019
The skipper's unbeaten stride consisted of some other great shots that led to crucial boundaries as India successfully completed the chase with one over to spare.
Instead of going ahead with amateur shots and giving up his wicket so easily, Rishabh Pant should take a lesson or two from arguably the best batsman in the world right now and become the run-making machine that he can be.