Team India star Rohit Sharma, on Tuesday, once again leapt in defence of his younger teammate Rishabh Pant. The India ODI and T20I vice-captain once again interviewed a fellow cricketer on Instagram Live with his former India and IPL teammate Yuvraj Singh being his partner this time.
Previously, Rohit Sharma had done live session with the likes of Kevin Pietersen and Jasprit Bumrah. In his latest Instagram Live session, Rohit Sharma spoke on a range of topics with Yuvraj. During the same interaction, he revealed that he talks to 5 or 6 youngsters but out of the lot he talks mostly to wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant.
He further made it clear that he is not at all impressed with the way the media has analysed Rishabh Pant’s performance in recent times. The highly-rated wicketkeeper-batsman has failed to deliver in recent times and the media outlets have not squandered a single chance to take a shot at the youngster.
“Media should think before writing something,” Rohit Sharma told Yuvraj.
The 32-year-old Mumbai batsman said that the media doesn’t realise what they are writing about a young cricketer. He also urged the fans to deal with the youngsters in a way which does not harm their confidence level. The batting star requested fans to put their trust in the youngsters.
He opined that fans just start trolling on social media but they don’t realise that the players try their best on the field. Yuvraj echoed the same sentiments and said that a youngster takes time to find his feet before becoming a champion player.
As far as Pant is concerned, he is indeed under a lot of pressure. Towards the start of 2020, Pant lost his place in the playing eleven across formats. At the start of the home season last year, India recalled veteran Wriddhiman Saha in the playing eleven to keep the wickets on the turning pitches. The decision turned out to be a masterstroke as Saha did a splendid job behind the stumps.
India persisted with him in the ODI and T20I teams as MS Dhoni was not available. However, the left-handed batsman failed to grab the chance. He suffered concussion during the first ODI against Australia and KL Rahul kept wicket when India took the field. Since then, Pant has been on the bench in the limited-overs format.