Just 24 hours after getting dismissed for a duck, Rishabh Pant got out cheaply yet again in the 2nd T20I against Windies in Lauderhill. The 21-year-old has been backed by skipper Virat Kohli and the management. Pant was caught in two minds as he top-edged a delivery from Oshane Thomas.
It looked reckless and fans were in no mood to spare the southpaw. He made 4 runs as the batter failed to capitalize on the start produced by Rohit Sharma. India posted 167/5 on the board before restricting West Indies to 98/4 in 15.3 overs.
Young Pant has Virat Kohli’s support
With MS Dhoni not a part of India’s white-ball squad, Pant is set to get exposure at the international level. Ahead of the T20I series, Kohli threw his hat behind Pant. He said Dhoni’s presence is always vital but at the same time the forthcoming series would be a great opportunity for Pant to show his mettle.
“His [MS Dhoni] experience has always been a crucial factor for us. Having said that, it’s a great opportunity for someone like Rishabh Pant to play a lot of international cricket and show his credential… unleash his potential. We know how much ability he has and we all want him to be a consistent performer for the Indian cricket team. MS’s experience is always going to be a crucial factor but having said that some of these youngsters have a good opportunity. Rishabh is looking forward to this opportunity as well,” Virat Kohli had said.
Time is running out for ‘reckless’ Pant
Not too long back, Pant found himself at the receiving end after committing to an irresponsible shot during India’s semi-finals against New Zealand. Pant got off to a solid start against the Kiwi pacers but was dismissed as the batter attempted a wild heave across the line against spinner Mitchell Santner. India went on to lose the knock-out match by 18 runs.
Internet was flooded with tweets on Pant’s immature shot selection. Many questioned his spot in the team as the youngster has been found guilty of throwing his wicket away time and again.
#Pant is not helping his case !! Talent has its worth but the real value lies in scoring runs and that too consistently. I hope he is aware there are quite a few waiting in the line !! #WIvIND #RishabhPant
— Mikkhail Vaswani (@MikkhailVaswani) August 4, 2019
Last 4 T20I Inngs
3, 1, 0, 4#INDvWI
— CricBeat (@Cric_beat) August 4, 2019
Rishabh Pant went to USA just to play 6 balls.
— Sunil- The cricketer (@1sInto2s) August 4, 2019
Kohli – How much patience do you have??
Rishabh pant – pic.twitter.com/mJauzjWhhk
— Thor (@godd_of_thundr) August 5, 2019
It seems that Rishabh Pant has already decided.
— Akshara (@Akshacriccrazy) August 5, 2019
@BCCI rishabh pant not deserves in this Indian team . Not understand why giving him chance every time
— Dipesh Tongaria ® (@Dtongaria) August 5, 2019
And he does it again Rishabh Pant! He is clearly testing everyone’s patience.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) August 4, 2019
Rishabh Pant can't afford to be reckless for long. He must understand there are others like Sanju Samson ,Ishan Kishan waiting for opportunities! #INDvsWI
— mandar jeware (@mandarjeware) August 4, 2019
— Samrat Chakraborty (@samratNDTV) August 4, 2019
@RishabhPant17 you beauty..!
— Mehul Roy (@themehulroy) August 4, 2019
— Ansuman Rath 🇮🇳 (@_AnsumanRath) August 4, 2019
Rishabh pant has lot to learn in international format's… He is so close yet so far..!!! https://t.co/LJUInR0M0T
— Vishal_raval (@VISHAL_RAVAL_07) August 4, 2019
— 🇮🇳Abbas🇮🇳 (@abudi799) August 4, 2019
~ Written by Sayantan Bhattacharjee
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