Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg has said that Rishabh Pant is an entertaining batsman but also very frustrating to watch. Brad Hogg also feels that Pant does not have an issue with his batting technique or tactics, rather his problem is more psychological.
Rishabh Pant was heavily criticized for his giving away his wicket with an unwanted shot during 2nd innings of IND vs SA 2nd Test. During the 2nd innings of IND vs SA 2nd Test at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, Rishabh Pant tried to hit Kagiso Rabada for a big shot over extra cover.
However, the left-handed batsman lost his wicket with a simple catch with an outside edge, facing a three-ball duck. India had already lost two crucial quick wickets of Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara at that moment. With Pant’s dismissal, India suffered a big batting blow in the match, which they ultimately lost by 7 wickets.
Rishabh Pant is Entertaining But Very Frustrating To Watch: Brad Hogg
While speaking on his YouTube channel, former Aussie spinner Brad Hogg said that Rishabh Pant is very entertaining but also very frustrating to watch. He also pointed out that the Indian wicketkeeper either smash a big score or get out early.
“He’s entertaining but very frustrating to watch – either making a big score or having a brain fade and getting out early which he did in the Johannesburg Test when the team really needed him to lift. Now, we know that he has a reasonable technique… he can play under pressure.
“He did it in Australia at the Gabba. But in South Africa, he was put under the pump. He walked out of the crease, which tells you that he is a little bit twitchy. He was receiving a few verbals, you could see there was a bit of eagerness. It wasn’t the Rishabh Pant that we know,” Brad Hogg said.
Rishabh Pant’s Issue is More Psychological: Brad Hogg
The former left-arm spinner also asserted that Pant does not have an issue with his batting technique or tactics and his problem is rather a psychological one. Hogg believes that Pant was in a negative state of mind during the IND vs SA 2nd Test.
“Rahul Dravid has come out and said that he’s going to have a word about shot selection with him. I don’t think he needs to do that – technique or tactics. Stay away from that because we know he’s got the goods to deliver.
“It’s more psychological. Was he in a positive or a negative frame of mind. Did the verbals get to him? Those are the things you should be looking at. When he’s on song, I guarantee you that he’s in a different state of mind. This innings he was in a negative state of mind,” 50-year-old Hogg further said.
India lost the 2nd Test to South Africa by 7 wickets. Dean Elgar steered South Africa to a 7-wicket victory with his unbeaten 96 while chasing the 240-run target in the final innings. The series is currently tied at 1-1 with the ongoing IND vs SA 3rd Test in Cape Town.
In IND vs SA 3rd Test, India won the toss and opted to bat first on day 1. With a 79-run knock by skipper Virat Kohli, India posted 223-0 on the scoreboard in the 1st innings. Kagiso Rabada scalped a fabulous 4-wicket haul. At the stumps of day 1, the home team Proteas reached 17-1 on the scoreboard in 1st innings and trailed by 206 runs.
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