Aakash Chopra: Rishabh Pant Misfiring Because Of High Hopes
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Aakash Chopra: Rishabh Pant Misfiring Because Of High Hopes

Rishabh Pant, Delhi Capitals, IPL 2019
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Aakash Chopra, former Indian opener turned commentator said that Delhi Capitals wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant is misfiring this season as despite having a good average, his strike rate has been low.

Rishabh Pant has not looked his best with the bat during IPL 2020 as he had an ordinary IPL 2020 so far with 217 runs in 8 matches averaging 31 at a below-par strike rate of 117.3.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Aakash Chopra- Rishabh Pant Is Misfiring Because Of Hopes From Him

Aakash Chopra was critical of Rishabh Pant’s strike rate in the ongoing Indian Premier League 2020 after the wicket-keeper batsman’s ordinary show with the bat unlike his usual aggressive batting for Delhi Capitals during the season where he is yet to score even a half-century. He has scored 38 against KKR, 37 against RCB and 37 not out against CSK.

“Pant is misfiring because you have hopes from him. There was a partnership between Iyer and Pant where Iyer was trying but Pant was not seen hitting at all. It seemed his form is far away from him,” Aakash Chopra said in a video on his Youtube channel.

Aakash Chopra believes that Rishabh Pant might have a good average in IPL 2020 but his strike rate has been too low this season unlike in overall IPL where he has S/R of above 150. He commented that the wicket-keeper batsman has looked out of touch and if he cannot find a way to increase his strike rate, things will not work out for him.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credit: Facebook)

Notably, Rishabh Pant has an ordinary IPL 2020 not converting starts to big runs. Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant has also been dropped from India’s ODI and T20I squads for white-ball series in the upcoming tour of Australia. The wicketkeeper-batsman is struggling for consistency in international cricket.

Rishabh Pant’s Strike Rate Hasn’t Been Good Unlike Average: Aakash Chopra

Rishabh Pant suffered an injury mid-season and had to be replaced with Alex Carey for a couple of group matches but now he is fit and has returned to Delhi Capital’s playing XI. Though in the last two games Rishabh Pant played since he has returned, he has not looked his best with the bat scoring a slow 27 off 33 balls against KKR and an extremely slow 14 off 20 balls against Kings XI Punjab.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“That is not the kind of Pant innings we know. His strike rate has not been good this year. His average might be alright but his ability to hit is not coming to the fore and if that happens, it will not work out,” Chopra added.

Delhi Capitals will look to win against the SunRisers Hyderabad in Dubai on Tuesday 27th October, and become the first team to book a place in the playoffs for IPL 2020.

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