Ravi Shastri makes a bold statement on Pant
India’s promising young wicketkeeper-batsman has come under fire for his poor shot selection which cost him his wicket not once but on several occasions.
Analysing his performances, India chief coach Ravi Shastri has made it very clear that Rishabh Pant will get hit on the knuckles in case if the left-hander keeps playing rash shots like the one he executed against the Caribbeans recently.
Ravi Shastri also cited that the young wicketkeeper-batsman has let the team down during India’s recent tour of the West Indies where he was dismissed in the very first ball in an ODI game. “We’ll let him be but at times when you see a shot, like the first ball dismissal in Trinidad, if he repeats that, then he will be told. There will be a rap on the knuckles, talent or no talent,” Ravi Shastri said.
“As simple as that. Because you are letting the team down, forget letting yourselves down. In a situation where you have the captain at the other end, a target to chase, the need of the hour is sensible cricket,” India’s head coach was quoted as saying in an interview with Star Sports.
Besides pointing out the silly mistakes committed by Pant, Shastri said Pant has incredible talent but only if he can sort out his shot-selection and decision-making and if he does so, he can be unstoppable according to Shastri.
“No one will even think of changing his style. Like Virat said, reading the situation, match-awareness and shot-selection become crucial. If he can fathom that, he could be unstoppable. It could take one game, it could take four games.
He has played so much IPL cricket, he will learn. It’s time now for him to step up and show how devastating he can be,” Ravi Shastri said with team captain Virat Kohli by his side.
Virat Kohli said he wants Pant to play according to situations. “The only expectation from Rishabh is that he read situations well,” Kohli said.
“We don’t expect him to play the way you might be thinking. It is about analysing a situation and dealing with it in your own way.”
The skipper said he expects someone like Pant to keep the game as simple as possible.
“Someone like Rishabh will hit five boundaries in a difficult situation compared to me, who likes to take singles or twos and get out of it. Everyone has their own game but reading the situation and decision-making is an expectation from everyone in the team, not just Rishabh,” Kohli said.