Rohit Sharma said that Rishabh Pant can continue to bat as he wants and keep doing his thing as long as he gets the “job done” for the team and that people should cut him some slack if he failures sometimes.
This came after Rishabh Pant’s scintillating century helped India take an 89-run lead over England in the ongoing fourth Test match at the Motera, Ahmedabad. Pant’s 101 and Washington Sundar’s unbeaten half-century, helped India end day two on 294/7, where at one time, India was 146/6 with the visitors looking at a first-innings lead despite their 1st innings score of 205.
People Like Rishabh Pant, You Need To Back Their Skills, Back Their Ability: Rohit Sharma
The Delhi lad is often criticized for his modes of dismissals and his uneven form even led to him being dropped from the limited-overs team in late 2019 and early 2020, with KL Rahul being preferred as the wicketkeeper over him by the Indian team.
“People like Pant, you need to back their skills, back their ability and management understands that and he has been given the freedom as well which is very important from my perspective as I completely understand from a batsman’s point of view.
When you have a captain and coach backing you, how important a feeling is that to have as a player. Pant seems to have that now. He will give you knocks like this every now and then but I don’t want anyone to make opinions about how he got out playing bad shots,” said Rohit Sharma in the post-day two presser.
Rishabh Pant hit 101, with 13 fours and 2 sixes, which was his third Test century, second against England, and first at home.
Rishabh Pant Gets The Job Done, Which Is Important For The Team: Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma said that the way Rishabh Pant plays, there is the possibility of failures happening, but he has the backing of team management to go after the bowling, and as long as he gets the job done, people should cut him some slack.
“Pant has his own style of batting. Obviously, there have been messages, as to how he needs to approach his innings. He seems to be batting in his own style which is great from our perspective as well because he seems to be getting the job done, which is more important,” said Rohit.
India will come out on day three to pile on more misery on England bowlers, with Sundar and Akshar looking to add some more runs for India and make England batsmen work hard for their runs in the second innings.