Mumbai: Rishabh Pant is the most under-fire Indian cricketer at the moment. Each and every mistake of his gets highlighted by fans and critics alike. He also became the favourite target of memesters on social media due to his lack of good performance. His inability to perform has already cost him his spot in the Test squad. His performance in the recently concluded T20I series against Bangladesh also did not help in proving in place in the squad.
At difficult times like these for Pant, former Indian batsman, Pravin Amre, who also was Delhi Capitals’ assistant coach in last IPL, speaks about the youngster. Speaking to Hindustan Times, he said, “He was coming after poor scores. It was mainly the way chief coach Ricky Ponting handled him and gave him the space to be himself. It is also about not trying too hard; we tried to ensure he didn’t fall into the trap by coming under pressure. We tried to keep it simple, break the game into small parts.”
Saying that Pant’s game is all about timing, he said, “He is like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, a great timer of the ball. He has to focus on getting it right. He seems to be confused about how he should be going about it, whether to play the waiting game or his natural attacking game.”
He also added, “Most batsmen inflict maximum damage during the powerplay and death overs. Pant is equally devastating in the middle-overs, and that’s what makes him so special.”
Rishabh Pant needs to rediscover his form in order to keep his place in the T20 squad. Otherwise, there are many others who are looking to grab an opportunity.