The former opener has advised that Rishabh Pant should be given a break.
The former cricketer has also criticized the team management regarding Pant.
He said that Pant is not able to take advantage of the opportunity he is getting.
New Delhi. Rishabh Pant continues to be a victim of criticism from cricket fans and experts. His indifferent performance in white-ball cricket has been questioned many times, but his performance in Test cricket gives everyone joy and praise. In such a situation, fans and experts advocate for him to play only in Test cricket. At the same time, former India captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth has expressed disappointment at wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant for not utilizing the opportunities coming his way and making a permanent place in the Indian limited overs team. He has also criticized the team management for the way they have handled the young wicketkeeper.
After coming into the international scene as a big hitting batsman, Rishabh Pant was given a lot of opportunities. He has tasted more success in red-ball cricket for India than in limited overs. It is not that he did not perform in white ball cricket. Fans remember his century in the ODI match against England but a look at his scores in T20 Internationals shows that he has failed to capitalize on the opportunities. In his last 10 innings in the shortest format for India, Rishabh Pant has scored 40 only once, 30 once, 20 or more twice and less than 10 runs three times. At the same time, his record has been much better by scoring one century and three half-centuries in the last 10 innings of ODIs.
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Former India opener and World Cup winner Kris Srikkanth believes that the time has come to give Rishabh Pant a break from playing international cricket. Along with this, he has also criticized the team management. Srikkanth said on Cheeki Cheeka YouTube channel, “Maybe you can give him (Pant) a break and tell him to ‘wait a little, come and play in India’, he has not handled him well. Are you going to wait for a few matches before giving him a break or drop him after a game or two?”
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He further said, “Yes, Rishabh Pant is not taking advantage of the opportunity he is getting. I am very disappointed. Pant what is this? Srikkanth suggests that Pant needs to restart his game and for this he needs a break. Srikkanth said, “You are spoiling these opportunities. If you do well in such matches, it would be nice, wouldn’t it? World Cup is coming. Already many people are saying that Pant is not scoring runs so this will add fuel to the fire. They need to reinvent themselves. They have to do something right. Stand and play for a while and then go for shots… He is throwing his wicket away all the time.
Rishabh Pant will have another chance to make a comeback among the runs in the third and final ODI against New Zealand on Wednesday (November 30), but it remains to be seen whether he can capitalize on this opportunity.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : November 28, 2022, 10:47 IST