Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma is hoping that the young wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant takes more calculative risks while attacking the bowlers as he is now a senior player.
In the first Test between the KL Rahul-led India National Cricket Team and the Shakib Al Hasan-led Bangladesh National Cricket Team, India were reduced to 48/3, with Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli getting dismissed.
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After losing three wickets, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant led India to recovery in their contrasting styles at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
Pujara and Pant added 64 runs together in 73 balls with the latter being the aggressor. Pant scored 46 runs off 45 balls, including 6 fours and 2 sixes, before being cleaned up by Mehidy Hasan Miraz in 32nd over.
There’s no point in forcing him to play responsibly – Rajkumar Sharma on Rishabh Pant
Speaking to India News, Rajkumar Sharma said that the Rahul Dravid-led team management should allow Pant to play his natural game as there’s no point in forcing him to play responsibly.
“When Rishabh Pant’s shots come off, people call him a match-winner. But when he is caught a couple of feet inside the boundary, people call him irresponsible. I feel when you have such a stroke player, you should take the chance and let him play his natural game. There’s no point in forcing him to play responsibly. I just hope he takes more calculative risks because he is a senior player in the team now,” Rajkumar said.
The second Test between India and Bangladesh is set to be played from December 22 to 26 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.