Pant is getting too much backing from Kohli: Irfan Pathan

Ever since Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s exit after the semifinal clash against New Zealand in last year’s World Cup, the Indian team had lots of hopes and expectations on the talented Rishabh Pant. But, a series of low scores put him on the backfoot.

Pant is getting too much backing from Kohli: Irfan Pathan
MS Dhoni and Rishabh Pant

He was highly regarded as the successor to MS Dhoni as future wicket-keeper batsman material and was seen as the next big thing of Indian cricket until last year when things didn’t go as per the plan. From a direct entry into the Indian XI to warming the bench and carrying the drinks, Pant’s journey has only gone from bad to worse.

Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan feels that the gap Indian cricket has enjoyed owing to the Covid-19 pandemic promises to help Rishabh Pant come out of downfall. Pathan also feels that Pant is one of the many cricketers who will benefit from it since the coronavirus lockdown break kept players away from the game.

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Pathan reckons sometimes it is the best thing that can ever happen to a player who is struggling for form. “If you talk of Rishabh Pant, he is a young guy, very talented, there was a lot of focus on him. So the focus getting removed from him, it will do a world of good to Rishabh Pant and many other cricketers,” Irfan Pathan said on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports.

“Lot of people will benefit from this break. I feel there will be a lot of cricketers whose career was at stake but would get revived now because they would have recovered mentally as well as physically, especially players who are 35-36 years of age their careers might get extended for a couple of years.”

Irfan Pathan also feels Pant is getting too much backing from Virat Kohli while also adding that a little kick on the back will help the youngster come out of the slump.

“Sometimes you are getting too much backing which Virat Kohli is backing him in the public eye as well, but I think when you get a little bit of kick on your back, that’s when if you have a talent you are going to go big. I have no doubt that even though all the pressure is coming on him, he had to miss out some matches in T20 cricket with KL Rahul going out and doing what he did as a wicketkeeper as well and that is going to put pressure, but I think that will do a world of good to Rishabh Pant,” Pathan said.

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