Young Rishabh Pant had little to do with the bat as India won the 2nd T20I vs Bangladesh on Thursday but still managed to grab the headlines for all the wrong reasons. His ‘schoolboy error’ in collecting the ball in front of the stumps in a bungled stumping attempt was widely panned on social media.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly was asked on Friday if India is missing MS Dhoni’s safe hands behind the wickets. He told PTI, “Rishabh Pant is a superb player. Give him time, he will be fine. He will mature slowly, you have to give him time. India played really well last night.”
Speaking on Pant on the broadcasting channel, former Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara said that Pant needs to keep his mind clear and make sure to be less error-prone with the gloves and with his inputs on DRS calls.
“It’s important for someone to talk to him on his batting and keep him off the pressure and let him be free with his game. But as a wicketkeeper, it’s important to be neat and tidy behind the stumps, which will also give him confidence and put him in a better position to help his captain in calling for reviews,” Sangakkara said.
“If you are looking at the World Cup it’s important for him (Pant) to understand what his role is in terms of helping his captain with the right information,” he added.
The swashbuckling Pant had a forgettable night at his home ground in Delhi, scoring 27 off 26 balls and made errors in calling for DRS as India suffered their first-ever loss against Bangladesh in a T20I.
Rohit Sharma led by example as India levelled 1-1 in an emphatic fashion in the second T20I in Rajkot on Thursday but Pant again made headlines for all the wrong reasons by collecting the ball in front of the stumps, thereby missing Liton Das’ stumping. Pant, however, redeemed himself to an extent with an excellent run-out and stumping.
Former India batting stalwart VVS Laxman agreed with Sangakkara but said Pant has things to worry about as far as his batting is concerned.
“I think till the IPL the selectors can experiment especially around the bowling department. As far as batting is concerned, I think Rishab (Pant) will be under the scanner,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)
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