Indian wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant may not be taking part in the third and final T20I against the West Indies on Sunday. He could also take a break until the Test series against Sri Lanka, meaning that he won’t play the 3-match T20I series against them.
Earlier, it was reported that Virat Kohli has also been given a break from the third T20I against Keiron Pollard and co along with the T20I series against Sri Lanka. He could be returning for his 100th Test match against Sri Lanka that will be played in Mohali.
In addition, PTI has now reported that Pant has also been given a break. Whether it is to manage his workload or not is yet to be confirmed. Pant was the Player of the Match in the second T20I where he scored 52 in 28 balls to help India post 186 on the board.
“Rishabh Pant also given break, wicketkeeper to skip third T20 international against West Indies and T20Is against Sri Lanka,” PTI tweeted.
“For a newcomer in the team, it’s all about giving confidence” – Rishabh Pant on Ravi Bishnoi
Ravi Bishnoi had a successful debut in the first T20I and had a good start in the second game as well. However, a costly drop of Nicholas Pooran dented his confidence somewhat and it was showing in his bowling. Being a newcomer, it is expected that the pressure can get to you at times and Pant believes that it’s important to back the youngster.
“For a newcomer in the team, it’s all about giving him confidence. The more you give him confidence, talk to him about what he feels as an individual, all these are important.”
“Yes we can give our plans, but for a bowler, it’s very important to know what he feels, especially for a youngster who has just come into the team. So if we give him the confidence and let him have his own plan, then he will also learn more,” Pant said in the post-match press conference.
Being a youngster himself, Pant understands what a player needs to hear when he is going through a tough phase.