IND vs SA: Rishabh Pant Might Have To Make Some Adjustments – Parthiv Patel

Updated - 18 Jun 2022, 06:04 PM

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Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel has said that the young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant will have to make some adjustments to his batting technique.

Rishabh Pant once again failed to perform well for India in the T20I match against South Africa as he got dismissed after scoring just 17 runs in the 4th game. Also, he got out for the third time in the series in a similar fashion while chasing the delivery wide outside-off, as he attempted to clear the fence.

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Parthiv Patel
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During a discussion on Cricbuzz, Patel said that Pant’s decision to play with the spin against the left-arm spinners had cost him his wicket several times in the series. He added that a left-hander doesn’t need to play with the spin every time. He said:

“Pant might have to make some adjustments. Maybe if he’s standing near middle, he can move towards off stump or something like that.

“A lot of times a left-hander bats with the mindset that against a left-arm spinner you have to play with the spin and hit towards mid-on or midwicket. But it is not necessary for a left-hander to bat in that fashion. 

“A left-hander doesn’t have to hit with the spin every time. Pant is trying to hit the balls no doubt, but he is not picking the right deliveries to hit. That is a problem.”

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During the same discussion, former India pacer Ashish Nehra said that the young wicketkeeper-batsman has got the ability to play strokes all over the park but he is only trying to smash the ball to midwicket or long-on, which has resulted in his struggle for runs. He elaborated:

“Pant is capable of hitting big strokes over cover and over mid-off. We have all seen it. He did get out to Dwaine Pretorius at cover once.

“There was a phase when he was hitting sixes over covers and long-off. But we haven’t seen that in the IPL and this series. No matter how far outside the off stump the ball is, he is trying to hit it to midwicket or long-on, which is why left-arm spinners are troubling him.”

Rishabh Pant (Image Credits: Twitter)
Rishabh Pant (Image Credits: Twitter)

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