Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. (Credits: Twitter)

Former New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori believes that young Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has not understood his role in the team and he looked confused during the recently concluded three-match T20 Internationals series against New Zealand.

India won the three-match T20I series at home comfortably against New Zealand by 3-0. However, the middle-order batting unit of India didn’t look great during the series. Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant finished off the game for India in the first two matches, and he registered the scores of unbeaten 17 and 12. In the third game, when India batted first, Pant failed miserably and was able to score only 4 runs.

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Daniel Vettori
Daniel Vettori. Image-DNA

During the discussion on ESPNCricinfo, Vettori opined Pant hasn’t got his tempo right in the shorter format of the game as sometimes he looks reckless and sometimes he bats overly cautiously. He said:

He hasn’t got his tempo right in T20 cricket. He hasn’t quite understood his role, particularly in this series. Sometimes he is overly cautious, then he is reckless. It doesn’t feel like there is a flow to his game. When you see great T20 batters batting well, it is all about flow and momentum and you just feel a rhythm to it. He hasn’t quite got that yet.”

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. Credits: BCCI

Former New Zealand captain also said that the Indian team management should have a talk with Pant and tell him about their expectations. He also mentioned that India can look for other wicketkeeping options like KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan if Pant doesn’t find the right tempo. He asserted:

I will be surprised if they (team management) don’t talk long and hard about what they expect from him. But, the onus is on Pant to find that right tempo. The reality is, if he doesn’t, they can look elsewhere. They have Ishan Kishan and KL can keep wickets as well in T20. They will give Pant the opportunity to find his rhythm, knowing that they can change pretty quick as well.”

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Rishabh Pant Has Been On The Road With The Indian Team For A Couple Of Years Non-stop – Robin Uthappa

Indian cricketer Robin Uthappa. Photo- Getty Images
Indian cricketer Robin Uthappa. Photo- Getty Images

Meanwhile, Robin Uthappa feels that Rishabh Pant has been playing nonstop cricket for India for the last couple of years, and he has made himself available for the games India play without complaining, and he might be mentally fatigued. Robin Uthappa, while talking about Pant’s inconsistent performance, said:

Rishabh has been on the road with the Indian team for a couple of years non-stop. He has made himself available to play anything and everything without complaining. To be constantly in a bubble saps you. I am certain that also has an implication on the way he performs on the field.

“Maybe lack of clarity or mental fatigue, it could be just that as well. He is a high-class player and it’s a matter of time before he comes back and hits the ball the way we know he can. I think he deserves a bit of a break to just switch off from cricket.”

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