Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri (L) and Rishabh Pant (R). Credit: Getty Images

Well, the absence of Rishabh Pant for the ODI series against Australia and New Zealand has been the biggest debate in Indian cricket. However, here comes the clarification from the main head of the Indian National Cricket Team. Ravi Shastri, in his recent interview, revealed the reason behind Rishabh Pant snub from the ODI squad.

The Delhi Lad surprised one and all with his fantastic show in the 4-match Test series. But, unfortunately, he was ignored for the ODI selection, as the stalwart MS Dhoni is back in the side. Meanwhile, he was assigned to do certain tasks.

Rishabh Pant played a non-stop cricket – Ravi Shastri

The head coach quoted that they have assigned certain tasks for the young Rishabh Pant to achieve in the next few games. They want Pant to take enough rest and play for India A in order to press his case for the ODI selection.

Ravi Shastri, Rishabh Pant
Ravi Shastri (Photo by Mark Metcalfe – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Shastri quoted that there is no doubt in the ability of Rishabh but he wants the youngster to learn to finish the games. He feels that it was the only case, where Rishabh Pant needs to work on to become the best.

”We have asked him to go back because he played a lot of cricket. He has played non-stop cricket from the month of June. I think he needed a couple of weeks of break and then he will be playing for the India A team, where we have asked him to do a specific job to do – finish games.

Sourav Ganguly, Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant (Photo by Kevin DSouza)

Get into the habit of finishing games. He will be right up there in the thick of things as he is as natural a talent that you can get,” Shastri was quoted as saying to India Today’s Boria Majumdar.

Well, as Ravi Shastri said, Rishabh Pant needs to work on his finishing skills. In his short span in limited overs, Rishabh has got many moments to finish the games but unfortunately, he failed to do so.

Now, after returning from Australia post the Test series, Rishabh Pant will play for India A in the five-match one-day series at home against England Lions

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