Gambhir has some words of advice for Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant has all the credentials to become one of the best-attacking batsmen in modern-day cricket. But unfortunately, he has not been able to approach the game with caution and agility and thus, he has been termed ‘inconsistent’ for his substandard performances.
Above all, his poor shot selection has often put him on the backfoot. Time and again, experts and commentators have pointed out Pant’s mistakes but the fact that he has not learnt from mistakes is his major drawback so far. However, former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir reckons that Pant can defy all odds and become much better in the years to come.
Gautam Gambhir reckons that besides needing to improve on his batting skills, Rishabh Pant needs to work mental aspect of the game to become a successful international cricketer. “I think skill-wise you need to keep improving but mentally you have got to get stronger as well when you have to play international cricket and if you want to become a very successful international cricketer as well,” the former Indian cricketer Gambhir said regarding Pant on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports.
The 21-year-old cricketer struggled to strengthen his spot in the Indian team and his role restricted to warming the benches in ODIs and T20Is ever since KL Rahul started keeping wickets in January. In Tests, he lost his spot to Wriddhiman Saha. Despite being played two Tests in New Zealand in February, Pant could accumulate paltry scores of 25, 19, 4 and 12 which was clearly not enough.
Gambhir, who has played with Rishabh Pant for Delhi Capitals said that the young wicket-keeper batsman needs to be mentally strong as far as facing criticism is concerned.
“You can hit as many balls as you can and as long as you want to, but you have to be mentally strong to face those criticisms,” Gambhir said. “Because criticism will always be there and how you want to approach the game going forward, 4-5 months of break obviously freshens you up mentally and physically as well but going forward let’s see how he copes with the criticism as well,” Gambhir added.