As India are going to lock horns West Indies in three-match T20I series starting on Friday, the under-fire wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has got his skipper’s backing. Kohli asserted that he wouldn’t let the youngster feel isolated.
Pant has been under the scanner for a while due to his inability to convert starts and for erratic work behind the stumps. He recently also drew flak for poor DRS calls and several former players stated that he is fast running out of time.
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But ahead of the T20 International series against the West Indies starting here on Friday, Kohli threw his weight behind the 22-year-old. “We certainly believe in Rishabh’s ability. As you say, it’s (also) the player’s responsibility to do well but our responsibility is to give him space, to support him. He should get support and it is disrespectful if you don’t get it,” he said.
“As Rohit (Sharma) said recently, he needs to be left alone, he is a match-winner. Once he comes good, you will see a very different version of him. He can’t be isolated to such an extent that he doesn’t do well. We are here to do things for him,” he added. India and the West Indies will compete in a T20 and ODI series, each of which comprises three matches.
Meanwhile, Pant will look to surpass MS Dhoni on the list of wicketkeepers with most dismissals in India-West Indies T20Is when he takes the field in the upcoming 3-match series. He currently has 3 dismissals from 7 T20Is involving India and West Indies while MS Dhoni leads the list with 5 from 7 T20Is.
-With PTI Inputs