Team must make Rishabh Pant feel wanted: Gautam Gambhir

The Times of India

The Times of India

Author 2019-09-22 15:48:00

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NEW DELHI: Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Sunday came in the support of out-of-form wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, saying the team needs to support and motivate the youngster.

"Personally, I have always backed Sanju Samson ahead of Rishabh for wicketkeeper-batsman's role but it is disappointing to see the team-management using words like "from fearless to careless", "wrap on Rishbah's knuckles" and "need for a backup of Rishabh". This is no way to handle a young human resource. Everyone wants him to play "sensible" cricket," Gambhir wrote in his column for Times of India.

"I don't know what that means. What I do know is that the boy is now playing for survival rather than scoring runs. From the outside it seems that his mindset is all over the place. Someone needs to put an arm around his shoulder and tell him that he is wanted in the team," Gambhir said.

India are currently leading the 3-match T20I series against South Africa 1-0 with the opening match getting washed out in Dharamsala. Gambhir feels India will take the series 2-0.

"I expect India to boss around in the final T20 as well. I hope there is a balance of support in the pitch in Bengaluru. Too much tilt in favour of batsmen is never a good spectacle," Gambhir said.

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