India head coach Ravi Shastri has made it clear that Rishabh Pant will be “rapped on the knuckels” if he keeps on playing rash shots like the one he did against the West Indies recently. Shastri did not cut up the words as he pointed out that the young wicketkeeper-batsman has let the team down during India’s recent tour of the West Indies where he was dismissed first ball in an ODI game.
The head coach said, “We’ll let him be but at times when you see a shot, like the first ball dismissal in Trinidad, if he repeats that, then he will be told. There will be a rap on the knuckles, talent or no talent.”
He was quoted saying, “As simple as that. Because you are letting the team down, forget letting yourselves down. In a situation where you have the captain at the other end, a target to chase, the need of the hour is sensible cricket”
Kohli says he expects Pant to deal in his own way
He said, “No one will even think of changing his style. Like Virat said, reading the situation, match-awareness and shot-selection becomes crucial. If he can fathom that, he could be unstoppable. Shastri said with captain Virat Kohli by his side, “It could take one game, it could take four games. He has played so much IPL cricket, he will learn. It’s time now for him to step up and show how devastating he can be.”
Kohli too talked about the Pant and his performance in the West Indies match. As a captain, he said he wants Pant to play according to situations. “The only expectation from Rishabh is that he read situations well.”
“We don’t expect him to play the way you might be thinking. It is about analysing a situation and dealing with it in your own way,” said Kohli. The captain said he expects a swashbuckling player like Pant to keep it simple.
We have to wait and see the way Pant receives these remarks on him. We hope the young lad keeps these things in mind while playing for the next match.