Rishabh Pant may have established himself as the front-runner to succeed MS Dhoni as the regular wicket-keeper for the Indian cricket team but the youngster’s journey has not been without its fair share of criticism. The youngster has come under a lot of fire for his reckless shot selection and the last few matches have not yielded the desired result for Pant. Meanwhile, Ajit Agarkar backs the youngster.

Rishabh Pant was asked to check out his shot selection early in his innings, which Always affected his game. However, Pant losing his wicket in a similar fashion on a regular basis paved a way for the selectors to prepare backups for the youngster across the formats.

In T20, you have to play shots – Ajit Agarkar

Meantime, Ajit Agarkar asks people to let Rishabh Pant free at the crease. He added that Pant is still in a learning phase and quoted that criticism is unfair on him. Ajit Agarkar also highlighted the point that the ball was there to hit on the other day at Mohali but the execution was missing.

Ajit Agarkar,Rishabh Pant
Ajit Agarkar (Image Courtesy – AFP)

“I cannot believe that there is so much talk around a guy who has two Test hundreds away from India and who can play impactful innings. T20 can sometimes get you into trouble because you have to play shots and the ball was there to be hit, only the execution was not probably to what he would have liked,” said the former cricketer in an interview with ESPNCricinfo.

Rishabh Pant could be dropped down the order:

Further, Ajit Agarkar suggests the management to send Shreyas Iyer at number 4 in the shorter version of the game while Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya will look after the finishing roles. He feels that Rishabh Pant has got the talent to serve the Indian team for a long time.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant (Credits: Twitter)

“You also need to decide what you need from him. Do you want him to be a number 4 batsman who bats through the innings or you want him to be that impactful player and you are ready for those sorts of dismissals? But there is too much talk about it. Maybe Shreyas Iyer, who has shown some good form, can come at No.4 and Pant could be dropped down the order and be asked to play freely. India can take the pressure off him. There is some unnecessary pressure put on that guy who is very young in his international career and has the potential to win games for India,” he added.

Well, it would be interesting to see how things would turn out for the youngster. Currently, he is on a block of thin ice, as his survival in the team will depend upon the next few games against South Africa.