Another day and yet another stalwart player takes his time out to speak on the struggles of the young Rishabh Pant. This time, it is the legendary captain of the Indian National Cricket Team Kapil Dev, who gave his words of advice to Rishabh Pant.
Pant’s approach has been a topic of debate for some time. Even chief coach Ravi Shastri has stated that the youngster’s shot-selection has been way off the mark on a few occasions. Pant has been going through a lean patch since the 2019 World Cup. The young wicketkeeper-batsman has been reckless with shot selection and has been repeating his mistakes.
Following the string of low scores in the West Indies tour, batting coach Vikram Rathour said youngsters in the team need to understand the fine line between careless and fearless approach while talking about Pant’s problems when it came to maintaining his temperament.
Recently, Yuvraj Singh has said suppressing Rishabh Pant’s natural ability is not the right way forward when talking about the young Wicketkeeper-batsman’s recent struggles in international cricket.
Rishabh Pant needs to work on temperament – Kapil Dev
Now, the former Indian skipper Kapil Dev was asked the same on where the young wicketkeeper-batsman is lagging behind. In this regard, the 60-year-old made some glaring points. Kapil wants Pant to “relax” and look to contribute consistently.
“For me, he must wait to feel the sweet touch of the ball on the bat. What is the hurry? He has the ability and calibre. It is the temperament that he needs to work on. There is a thin line between failure and success. You connect the shot and you are a hero. If you don’t, the same shot becomes your nemesis. It’s a tough choice to make, but a choice has to be made before it is too late,” told the 1983 World Cup-winning skipper.
For Pant, the Test series will be another massive opportunity to showcase his credentials in the red-ball cricket where he has done reasonably better. Nonetheless, with Wriddhiman Saha as the second wicketkeeper-batsman in the line-up, he will have to fight for his spot.