Parthiv Patel Slams Rishabh Pant’s Approach: The five-match T20I series between India and South Africa ended level at 2-2 after the fifth and deciding T20I game was abandoned due to rain in Bangalore. Rishabh Pant, who got an opportunity to lead the Men in Blue in the recently-concluded 5-match T20I series against Proteas.
Rishabh Pant Is Struggling To Score Runs
While Pant did a decent job as the captain, he found himself at the receiving end of criticism because of his poor batting performances. The southpaw has been struggling to score runs in the shortest format of the game.
In the 5-match T20I series, Pant scored only 58 runs from four innings, and as a result, questions were raised over his place in the shortest format.
Because of his poor run with the bat in the shortest format of the game, many ruled him out of the upcoming T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in Australia later this year. He could only manage to score just 29, 5, 6, and 17. In fact, his pattern of getting dismissed led to several cricketers including the likes of Dale Steyn and Sunil Gavaskar saying the youngster “hasn’t learned” from his mistakes. His chances of getting selected to the Indian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022.
Parthiv Patel Slammed Rishabh’s Approach
Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer Parthiv Patel also criticized the shot selection of Rishabh Pant, which has led to his dismissal. Parthiv feels that Pant tries to hit the ball with too much power. He said:
“The pressure will increase on Pant when the likes of Kohli, Rohit and Rahul return. Also, there will be a series before the England tour begins and and Sanju Samson has a chance of doing well there. There are also other options like Ishan Kishan and Dinesh Karthik.”
He added: “Pant has said that he gives his 100% all the time, but every player does that. When it comes to his shot selection, it is not necessary to hit the ball out of the stadium. It will still be a six if the ball just crosses the rope.”
Parthiv Patel also explained how the emergence of Dinesh Karthik and Ishan Kishan will put ‘pressure’ on Rishabh Pant, with T20 World Cup just around the corner.
“The pressure will increase on Pant when the likes of Kohli, Rohit and Rahul return. Also, there will be a series before the England tour begins and Sanju Samson has a chance of doing well there. There are also other options like Ishan Kishan and Dinesh Karthik,” said Parthiv.
He added: “Following the fifth T20I, Pant himself talked about his poor returns with the willow. “From a personal point of view, I would like to contribute more to make my team win. I can only think about giving my 100 per cent as a player and captain,”