Ricky Ponting Backs Rishabh Pant: From being one of the most flamboyant and clean hitters of the ball and also MS Dhoni’s successor in the Indian team to being sidelined, tables have turned drastically for young Rishabh Pant in a few months.
The youngster from Delhi had a phenomenal start to his Test career and was considered as India’s next big sensation. Rishabh Pant has scored hundreds in England and Australia and his busy attitude at the crease and clean striking abilities earned him plaudits from the whole cricket fraternity.
However recently his questionable form with the willow and also behind the stumps has forced Indian captain First Kohli to look at other options in white-ball cricket. Meanwhile, KL Rahul’s sensational form with the bat forced Kohli to look towards him given his history as a wicketkeeper in the past. Since then Rahul has been a sensation on both fronts scoring back to back fifties against New Zealand in the ongoing T20 series and also kept it tidy behind the stumps.
Therefore chances of Pant coming back look dim at the moment as Rishabh Pant has not shown consistency or maturity with the willow in recent times despite getting numerous opportunities. However, all is not lost for the flamboyant wicketkeeper-batsman as former players and experts still feel that he will learn from his mistakes and bounce back in the national team.
One of them is former Australian captain, Ricky Pointing. The two-time World Cup-winning captain still believes heavily in Pant’s capabilities as a cricketer and also believes that it is just a matter of time for him to get back in the Indian starting eleven. Punter was seen interacting with his followers on Twitter with a Q&A session and they’re one of his Indian followers asked the former Australian captain about Rishabh Pant’s exclusion from the Indian team and his thoughts on the whole scenario.
The follower asked: You didn’t answer my question last time. Please answer this time. Where do you see Rishabh Pant going from here? He has lost his place in all three formats. Your thoughts?”
.@RishabhPant17 is a young man with a huge amount of talent. I'm looking forward to working with him again during the IPL and I'm sure he'll be back in the Indian team sooner rather than later https://t.co/iYoWfORoRp
— Ricky Ponting AO (@RickyPonting) January 27, 2020
To which the Delhi Capitals head coach answered, “Rishabh Pant is a young man with a huge amount of talent. I’m looking forward to working with him again during the IPL and I’m sure he’ll be back in the Indian team sooner rather than later.”
By the reply, it looks like Punter is eager to come to India during the IPL and work with Rishabh Pant and other talented players in his Delhi Capitals side.