Irfan Pathan is concerned about Rishabh Pant’s lack of runs, believing that if he remains on this path, the wicket-keeper batsman may end up losing his place in the Indian team to somebody else.
Rishabh Pant has long been India’s first decision behind the stumps across all three formats. However, the young Delhi keeper has not yet reached his peak performance with the bat in white-ball cricket, as he has in red-ball cricket.
Pant received a strong warning from former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan after his bat went silent for the third time in the series against South Africa.
In T20Is, Pant has 723 runs at an average of 23.32 and a strike rate of 126.18. His numbers in the Indian Premier League are far superior. Pant has scored 2838 runs in 98 games for his team, averaging 34.61. Even in the T20 league, his strike rate was much higher, at 147.97.
‘He has got stuck a lot, you will have to perform’: Irfan Pathan
With wicket-keeping choices such as Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, Dinesh Karthik, and KL Rahul, Irfan Pathan believes Pant may not be a major focus in the Indian team if he continues to fail.
“He is been stuck a lot, so you’ll have to perform. You are the skipper for the time being, but it is likely that future you will have to find a way to make the XI “Irfan Pathan said on Star Sports.
“You have already Dinesh Karthik and Ishan Kishan in your playing XI, with Sanju Samson on the way, and KL Rahul who can keep is a name I will always keep in my starting Xi. I believe Rahul is the finest cricketer in the world. So with so much competition, you can not stay your bat quiet for long “He continued.
On the 17th of June, the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot will host the 4th T20I encounter between India and South Africa.