Rishabh Pant is being seen as a successor of MS Dhoni, who is at the fag end of his career, in the Indian national cricket team. The southpaw made his debut back in February 2017, but started featuring regularly for the Men in Blue after he made his Test debut against England at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Ever since, his career has been plagued by inconsistencies.
After a couple of months, the left-hander forayed into ODI cricket and recently, he was also a part of the Indian squad for the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. Albeit he wasn’t a first-choice player, he was called up as a replacement of Shikhar Dhawan, who was ruled out owing to a thumb injury. Thereafter, the 21-year-old played the ODI and T20I series in the West Indies.
Rishabh Pant succumbs to one failure after the other
But apart from his fifty in the third T20I at the Providence Stadium in Guyana, he couldn’t step up and deliver. The Uttarakhand-born recently was a part of the three-match T20I series versus South Africa and he flattered to deceive yet again. At the PCA Stadium in Mohali, Pant could manage only four runs and then got 19 runs at the Chinnaswamy before playing a rash shot of Bjorn Fortuin.
He is next set to play the three-match Test series against the Proteas, starting October 2 in Visakhapatnam. Meanwhile, the fans aren’t happy with Pant by any stretch of the imagination. In limited-overs cricket, donning the India jersey, Pant averages in the low 20s, numbers which are meek compared to his overall record. The fans want Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan in the mix.
Samson’s name has been in the selectors’ radar for quite some time. He has played a solitary T20I in Zimbabwe in 2015, but hasn’t been able to stake his clam back into the Indian side. Samson lately scored a sparkling 91 against South Africa A in Visakhapatnam and also got a century in the IPL.
The likes of Gautam Gambhir have backed Samson, so much so that he wanted the youngster to play the World Cup. As far as Kishan is concerned, he is a fearless batsman and has come up the ranks from the U19 circuit. The left-hander had a decent outing off late versus South Africa A.
Here is how Twitter reacted
One more time Rishabh Pant failed.
Dear Kohli, Give chance to Player like Sanju Samson or Ishan Kishan. Since past 1yrs Pant is getting out by playing same kind of shots.
Rishabh Pant is a perfect example of Reservation System!#INDvSA #Pant pic.twitter.com/kDHFPe7Opd
— MS (@EngineerMs16) September 22, 2019
Why can’t we go for another keeper batsman. Why don’t we try Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan.? Rishabh pant is over rated player in international cricket. Not consistent
— Dhaval prajapati (@Dhavalfreeman25) September 22, 2019
Omg Rishabh Pant is just exceptional!
I feel bad for Sanju Samson, DK!
Why don’t they try Pujara in the number 4!
— Akshay hirpara (@HirparaAkshay) September 22, 2019
Rishabh Pant is the most irresponsible cricketer i have seen in recent times….
Even if he hits one 50 or another century, this attitude of his sucks big time and is killing the opportunities for people like Ishan Kishan and sanju samson#INDvSA
— உன்னைப்போல் ஒருவன் (@Sandy_Offfl) September 22, 2019
Rishabh Pant in his last 10 innings:#INDvsSA #RishabhPant .
Next time may be Sanju Samson or Ishan Kisan will be playing for India.
What you think ? pic.twitter.com/CLU1oXnI3L
— Indian Dilwale (@IndianDilwale) September 22, 2019
Seems as if #Indian selectors have considered #Pant as a mandatory cardigan for the team! Move on!
It's time to try #SanjuSamson now! If #RishabhPant can be given so many chances, #Samson must be given 2-3 series since he's an experienced and proven performer from #IPL#INDvSA
— Lofra Archer (@LofraArcher) September 23, 2019
@BCCI @imVkohli Why Ur Repeatedly Using Irresponsible #RishabhPant even after his Consistent Failures. Plz Bring back #WriddhimanSaha in Tests Matches. Give One Chance to #SanjuSamson in T20s matches https://t.co/qv9fufLUZl
— libinTmathews (@m_libin) September 23, 2019
There is a lot of talented Wk/Batsman in India like #IshaanKishan , #SanjuSamson but Selectors think that only #RishabhPant have talent.
— Durgesh Pandey (@ImDpandey18) September 23, 2019
Lots of #Moments #LOST by #RishabhPant
Now its time to move on with this #talent named #SanjuSamson
If not then this is #unfair and #wasting of #talent and #hope of others…. @BCCI @imVkohli @virendersehwag @SGanguly99 @vikrantgupta73 pic.twitter.com/OqE7fBEXpY
— Yogendra Singh Adv (@yogensingh69) September 22, 2019
End of #RishabhPant The most stupidest player ever seen.Throw this player out of the team @RishabhPant17 Too much opportunities https://t.co/O82gwav97J was the last time.There are plenty of players waiting.Time has finally come for them. #IshanKishan #SanjuSamson @BCCI Play them.
— ravi singh (@ravisin75604296) September 22, 2019
#RishabhPant threw his Wicket again
Time to try #IshanKishan #SanjuSamson in T20I #TeamIndia @BCCI @RaviShastriOfc pic.twitter.com/1tl19WgEMg
— निष्कर्ष (Nishh) (@Nishkarsh1108) September 22, 2019
Again a Poor and irresponsible shot by #RishabhPant
Throw his Wicket again.
Is he really a Finisher ?
Why everyone is pampering him without consistent Performance ?
There are others in waiting#IshanKishan #SanjuSamson#INDvSA pic.twitter.com/bNzfhz6Uut
— निष्कर्ष (Nishh) (@Nishkarsh1108) September 22, 2019
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