Rishabh Pant has had a very poor 2022 in the limited overs format. The star Indian batter has failed to score big runs in white ball format and is suddenly under the hammer.
He managed just three and six points against South Africa and Zimbabwe, respectively, during the T20 World Cup. His rough phase persisted even in New Zealand. In the two T20Is, he collected 6 and 11, and on Friday, he made a 23-ball 15 in the opening ODI, which India lost.
In the first ODI, his feet looked stuck and was not gaining momentum in the innings. Pant struggled badly in the T20s too. The left-handed batter was not able to time the ball. He looked to play the ball away from the body and slogged at the deliveries rather than time them.
Former Indian Cricketer turned commentator Akash Chopra feels that if Pant keeps failing in the upcoming series, the management should take a call over his position on the side.
What did Akash Chopra say?
“The selectors have named him [Pant] as the vice-captain. Since he’s Dhawan’s deputy, he will be given two more chances in the series. But what will happen after that? That’s a big question. Even if he doesn’t play well, then it will be time to take a call on him. Should we continue with him or start moving ahead?”
Chopra said in his latest YouTube video.
What’s happening now is everybody is looking at him as a special player, a talented one who has the X-Factor. But in the white ball format, he hasn’t lived up to the reputation thus far. In Tests, even at the present, he is the best wicketkeeper batter not just in India but across the globe. Only the top-order batters have played terrific innings like him. But it’s also a fact that he hasn’t done well in ODIs and T20Is to justify the opportunities he has been given. Though he is a part of the next tour [Bangladesh] as well if he doesn’t perform then selectors will have to think about him,”
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