Sanjay Bangar
Sanjay Bangar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Team India batting coach Sanjay Bangar felt that the Indian wicket-keeper batter, Rishabh Pant, hasn’t been able to replicate his performances in Test match cricket to that in ODIs.

Pant had a great opportunity to showcase he is capable of masterminding chases in the first ODI against South Africa but fell to an innocuous delivery down the leg side.

The team management will have to continue to persist with them. Shreyas Iyer has been in and out. There was a phase in his career where he was getting regular chances…

Rishabh Pant, T20 World Cup 2021
Rishabh Pant (Image Credit: Twitter)

And then we already saw the opportunities that Pant got and the kind of impact he’s had in Test match cricket. He is yet to come good and put in such performances in One-day Internationals, which was expected to be the case when he first came to the scene,” Bangar told Star Sports.

“India should persist with the same personnel” – Sanjay Bangar

With an eye on the 2023 ODI World Cup, India needs to give consistent opportunities to the youngsters in the middle-order. They failed to do so the last time around and it came to bite them in the semifinals of the 2019 ODI World Cup against New Zealand.

They are going to improve with time but these were like readymade opportunities for them to prove their credentials. You don’t often get to bat for 25-27 overs as a middle-order player.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer (Image Credit: Twitter)

When you are chasing at around 6 runs per over, you have the time to settle in and then show off your scoring ability as well. I would say that India should persist with the same personnel but it was a lost opportunity for them,” Bangar added.

The second ODI begins at 2:00 pm IST at Boland Park in Paarl.

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