Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag has lashed out at Indian wicketkeeper-batsman, Rishabh Pant, for his immature approach towards his batting. Sehwag has also justified Pant’s exclusion from India’s ODI and T20I squad that is supposed to travel to Australia later this year.
It is notable that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the Indian contingent for the Australian tour on Monday, wherein, Rishabh Pant missed out in the ODI and T20I squads. He was named in the Test squad and will travel to Australia along with the team. Ever since the announcement, there was a lot of hue and cry for Pant’s exclusion and now Virender Sehwag has justified it.
Virender Sehwag Lashes Out At Rishabh Pant
“It was not surprising that Pant was not included,” Sehwag said on Cricbuzz. “On the last tour, he was not part of the playing XI despite being fit. KL Rahul had performed well as a wicketkeeper and he was used as the regular wicketkeeper in the limited-overs series, and Rishabh Pant was kept out,” Sehwag said.
“It might have been a way to send a message to Rishabh Pant that he needs to change his style of play. He would keep losing his wickets, and he doesn’t finish off games, and he needs to learn to finish games. If he does not do that, he would not be given chances,” Sehwag added.
Rishabh Pant Needs To Change His Approach- Virender Sehwag
“During our time, Rahul Dravid was used as a wicketkeeper because we did not have a good keeper till MS Dhoni arrived. So, we used Dravid as a keeper because he would be used as an extra batsman in the team,” he said.
“But here Rishabh Pant is good keeper, but the way he gives away his wickets, Kohli and Ravi Shastri might not be pleased with him. Only Rishabh Pant can make this change – he needs to finish off games in every opportunity he gets. He needs to prove himself that he has the capability to return to the Indian team,” Virender Sehwag concluded.
Team India is set to take on Australia from November 27 in a tour that will consist of three ODIs, the T20Is, and four Test matches. The tour’s last game will begin from January 15.