Rishabh Pant is undoubtedly an exciting talent and many feel that he is heir to the MS Dhoni’s spot behind the stumps. But his ridiculous shot selection at crucial moments of the match has been really troubling the Men in Blue in the recent past.
A rash shot from Pant saw him get dismissed at the most pivotal moment of the whole game. His wicket turned out to be a turning point in the match as Australia won the first T20 International by 4 runs.
Expressing his views on Pant's batting style, former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has advised the young batsman to not play such kinds of shots in every game and feels that he should learn the art of keeping things simple from his skipper Virat Kohli.
Ganguly said, “The Australians should count themselves extremely lucky to have won at Brisbane. India was taking the game away when a poor shot by Rishabh Pant tilted things the hosts’ way. Pant is an exceptional talent and is the future of Indian cricket. His run-scoring ability, that too all around the wicket, is remarkable. But one thing he quickly needs to learn from his skipper Virat Kohli, who is such a fine example of this concept, is how to keep the game simple. I am sure with time, Pant will learn.”
The 40-year-old cricketer also praised the bowling unit of India for a superb show in the second T20 International against Australia at the iconic Melbourne Cricket ground. He also said that they had a clear intent of leveling the series.
“The Men in Blue must be feeling very disappointed to have missed out on a chance to square the series after rain washed out the second T20 against Australia at Melbourne on Friday. It was a good toss to win and the Indian seamers utilized the conditions very well and took advantage of the weaknesses of Australian batting. The Indian fast bowlers were excellent in the MCG and it was not surprising that Bhuvi was the pick of all the bowlers in such conditions.”
The ‘Prince of Kolkata’ said that the conditions will once again be different in Sydney and it will interesting to see how the teams adjust to the conditions.
“While the first two games were played at the Gabba and the MCG, respectively, the final one on Sunday is at the SCG. Conditions at the ball the three venues are different. Brisbane had pace and bounce which is a big help for all types of shot-making. The MCG has always posed a different type of a challenge. It is a lot slower and a lot spongier and the Australian batting just did not adjust at all and played the same way from where they left off at the Gabba.”
He added, “The ground in Australia is huge and it is not easy to clear the fence, especially at the MCG, so it was not surprising that the Aussie batters kept finding fielders in the deep. Sydney will provide a completely different challenge, as it will be the flattest of all the three pitches. Generally, touring teams expect it to spin in Sydney but as this is still early in the season, I don’t think that will be the case.”
The former skipper also expressed his disappointment over such a tight schedule and shared that it gives players little time to recover and rewind after games.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar