IPL 2020: Pietersen slams Pant, rates Samson over him
Former England captain Kevin Pietersen has said that he’s been seeing not much dedication in India youngster Rishabh Pant for many times and has been consistent year after years for that.
He even said another India youngster Sanju Samson is ahead of Pant at the moment.
“Rishabh Pant is somebody who disappoints. Because he is someone, I expect so much from,” Pietersen said on Star Sports.
“And, I am yet to consistently see him giving performances with the bat day in and day out. In order to get that Indian tag, and to play international cricket, you need some consistencies. You need to get better. I am seeing the same player I saw a year before, and a year before, and a year before that. As long as he has been playing, he’s been inconsistent.”
Rishabh Pant is the future of India and there is no doubt about it. However, there are a lot of areas in which the youngster needs to improve and one among them that requires immediate attention is his shoddy shot selection. He often came under fire for his poor shot selection and the fact that he always throws away his wicket just like that.
Besides, he couldn’t play well on a consistent basis too. He lost his spot in the Indian cricket team after his string of failures in the given opportunities. KL Rahul did everything to cement his spot in the team.
The left-handed batsman has scored 176 runs in 6 games in the tournament by far. He has been pretty decent in almost all the games with the bat as he chipped in with scores of 31, 37*, 28, 38, 37 and 5 in the UAE.
However, Pietersen impressed with Samson more than Pant in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). “Whereas, when I see Sanju Samson, I see completely different. The dedication, the commitment he put in to turning up for this year’s IPL, that impressed me. That actually got him ahead of Rishabh Pant for me, just purely from diet-base, fitness base and from dedication,” Pietersen said.
“He said I want to go out there and do everything I can to play cricket for India. He’s got runs after runs. He failed a couple of times. But that dedication is what you need to get into international cricket because when the going gets tough, the tougher gets going. And international cricketer is a tough space.”