Rishabh Pant has already been dropped from Indian T20 playing 11 but his troubles don’t seem to stop chasing him as his national side coach Ravi Shastri doesn’t look too impressed with his glovework. With KL Rahul’s rise in stature as a wicket-keeper, Pant is already facing a stiff challenge to find his place in the side since the time he got hit on his head during 1st ODI at Wankhede.
Pant has been a major center of attention in the last one week. First he got hit on his head following which he got ruled out of the second ODI due to concussion. With the experiment of KL Rahul donning the gloves and batting in the middle order working well for India, he lost his place in the ODI side as well even though he still presents his case firmly to play as a specialist batsman only.
Once the Australia series finished and Indian team landed on New Zealand soil, Indian captain Virat Kohli in the press conference confirmed that the team will continue with Rahul as a wicket-keeper even in the T20 format and the 21 years young Delhi keeper lost his place in the T20 side as well. Up next will be the 2 Test series where Saha has a good chance of playing as the wicket-keeper for India. Considered as the first choice wicket-keeper option in all three formats in the country a few months back, his career has only gone downhill in last few months as Pant has found himself stranded in the middle of nowhere in the beginning of 2020.
Ravi Shastri unimpressed with Pant’s glovework
Things got even worse for him when in a recent interview Ravi Shastri told that Pant needs to work more on his wicket-keeping skills.
He has to work really hard on his wicketkeeping. He is not a natural ‘keeper but he’s got all that talent which will go to waste if he doesn’t work on his keeping. I think he has realised that and if you see him now, he is working extremely hard on his ‘keeping as well,” – Ravi Shastri, Coach, Indian Cricket Team
However, his words didn’t mean to demotivate the youngster and he also acknowledged the work Pant is putting in order to excel more with the gloves. Furthermore, Shastri went on to talk about his shot selection and game awareness as well.
With KL Rahul fitting in nicely in his new responsibility of playing as a wicketkeeper batsman, Pant will have to wait a lot more to get a chance to prove himself again.