India’s stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma on the eve of the third T20I against Bangladesh, threw his weight behind the under firing Rishabh Pant, who’s been constantly in the firing lane for his poor show in the series so far.
Pant, who was very early in his career, seen as the possible replacement for MS Dhoni in the times to come, has failed to live up to the expectations, neither with his batting nor with his glove work behind the stumps.
However, despite his poor turn up in his brief International career, the Indian team management has consistently invested faith in the youngster considering his exploits at the domestic level and in the IPL at such a young age.
Highlighting a lot of criticism fired towards Pant in the recent past, Rohit came in full defense of the youngster for asking everyone to ‘Keep their eyes off’ the 22-year old and let him perform without any pressure. He was of the view that the wicket-keeper batsman should be allowed to play his game on the field.
“You know there is a lot of talk happening about Rishabh Pant every day, every minute. I just feel that he needs to be allowed to do what he wants to do on the field. I would request everyone to keep their eyes away from Rishabh Pant for a while, ” said Rohit in his pre-match presser ahead of the series finale in Nagpur.
In some respects, it also sounds unfair on Pant to expect him to fill the boots of someone like MS Dhoni and that too at such a young age in his career. However, at times, it is not his failures that often get highlighted, but it is the unusual shot selection that attracts more criticism on a regular basis.
Even in the ongoing series, Pant has been inconsistent behind the wicket as his glove work continued to remain quite the point of discussion in both the games. However, the Indian captain stood for his player and mentioned how in his early days, the Delhi-lad is trying to establish himself as a cricketer.
He is a young guy, 22, trying to make his mark in international cricket. Every move he makes on the field, people start talking about him. It is not fair. I think we should allow him to play his cricket which actually he also wants to do.
While India take the field against Bangladesh on Sunday, Rishabh Pant, who might have the license to express his natural game, the world will once again have its eyes pinned on him, but this time hoping for a far better show from the youngster.
Author – CricNerds
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