We should not be focusing too much on Rishabh Pant: Gautam Gambhir

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Author 2019-10-11 02:20:20

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With Wriddhiman Saha enjoying his brief mainstay in the Test squad for Virat Kohli-led Team India, it's about time for Rishabh Pant to work on his shortcomings that the Indian selectors often chose to snub in bid to make him the successor of veteran wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni across all formats. Pant, who his touted to be the replacement of Dhoni has failed to receive a single start in the ongoing Test series between hosts India and South Africa.

At a time where even the Indian think tank has opted to move away from Pant, former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir feels too much attention has been already given to the Indian southpaw and it will be better if he is given time to stage a comeback.

Fearless to careless: Pant has had a roller coaster ride

From being fearless at a time of establishing his career to eventually being labelled out as careless and facing the heat from the selectors, the 22-year-old has witnessed the highs and lows in a short span of time. As many pundits will agree that Pant needs to embrace rejection, Gambhir has insisted the promising young talent should be focusing on improving his natural game by the time he forges a return in the starting eleven.

Let Pant be Pant?

Defending Pant who often faces the wraith of fans for getting dismissed for cheap, Gambhir believes the whole idea of giving Pant all the spotlight is erroneous in nature. “First thing, we should not be focusing too much on Rishabh Pant; he’s still very young and I think a lot of focus has been given on him, which is not right," Gambhir said.

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The former Indian opener feels Pant should be given the chance to express himself by letting him play in a manner through which he can deliver the goods for India. "I think we should let the young boy be, he should be allowed to play the way he wants to play. He should play the way he thinks he can perform for India,” Gambhir added.

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