Rahane’s special advice to Pant
Just till five months ago, Rishabh Pant was being pitted as India’s first choice wicketkeeper in all three fomats. But suddenly things took a twistful turn, as he has lost his sport in limited overs cricket to KL Rahul and red ball place to Wriddhiman Saha.
India Test vice captain Ajinkya Rahane is perhaps one of very few cricketers in the current India side in New Zealand who can relate to what the 22-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman must be going through.
And so, Rahana has a very special advice for Pank, as he think it is natural that no one likes to warm the bences but the more important thing is to visualise things while not being on the field as well as be prepared whenever an opportunity comes his way.
“It’s important to accept whatever you are going through. Be positive, try and learn as many things as possible from any of the players. Not saying it has to be senior or junior,” Rahane said ahead of the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington.
“See no one likes to sit outside but whatever your team needs on a particular game, you have got to accept that. I think acceptance is really important talking about that particular individual. Focus on controllables, keeping working hard and improve as a cricketer,” he added.
Pant has not been given chance to play a single match for Team India on the ongoing tour of New Zealand. Not only he lost his playing XI spot to KL Rahul in both the T20I and ODI series, he was not even considered in the dead rubbers as well. He is not likely to be included in the Test XI either ahead of the much accomplished Wriddhiman Saha.