Kohli makes a huge statement on Pant
It is obvious that Rishabh Pant is the future of the Indian cricket team. He is following the footprints of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and is slowly building himself in such a way that he can start winning games for India as the best wicketkeeper-batsman.
His effect of crunchy batting technique was witnessed during the just-concluded T20I fixture against West Indies where he played incredibly well and pleased every Indian cricket fan.
Chasing 146 (total posted by West Indies in the 1st inning), India ran through a slight blip in the process where they lost Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul early on the game as the scorecard read 27/2.
Then Indian captain Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant steadied the ship as they constructed 106-run liaison before Kohli got out on 59. Pant alongside Pandya finished the business as India did a complete sweep over the West Indies.
Skipper Kohli who is impressed with Pant’s performance of late said that he doesn’t want to put too much pressure on young prospect Rishabh Pant as he is the one for the future, who needs to be given some good space to showcase his sheer will and potential.
The 21-year-old Pant was widely criticised for his shoddy shot selection in the first two games but stunned everyone in third T20 International by scoring a scintillating 65 not out off 42 balls with the help of 4 fours and 4 sixes.
“We are looking at him (Pant) as the future. He has got a lot of skill and a lot of talent. It is about giving him some space and not putting too much of pressure,” Virat Kohli made himself very clear about it.
Pant has been around for a couple of years now and the skipper feels that he will soon start finishing games consistently.
“He’s come a long way since he’s started. It’s about winning and finishing games like these. In international cricket, you need to tackle pressure differently. If he plays like this regularly, we will see his potential shine for India,” Kohli said.