Rishabh Pant, the talented youngster, has been in the eye of everyone. The player is feeling pressure to perform well in the game as his every mistake in the field is now surrounded by criticism. Rohit Sharma feels that the wicketkeeper-batsman should be set free from surveillance all the time.
Rishabh has been criticised for his selection of shots. In the second T20I against Bangladesh, his mistake in wicketkeeping again surrounded him questions about his performance. While stumping Liton Das, Rishabh’s hand were slightly in front of the stumps as noticed by the third umpire review. The bowl was declared as a no-ball and Bangladesh was given a free hit.
Afterwards, the youngster improved his mistake and showcased his talent. The 22-year-old ran out Liton Das on the ball of Yuzvendra Chahal which showed how quickly he reacts. But Rishabh Pant was regularly criticised for his earlier mistake.
Rohit Sharma request to keep an eye off from youngster
Rohit Sharma, who is heading the team in this T20I series against Bangladesh, backed Rishabh Pant. He requested everyone to keep away the eyes from the youngster. Rishabh is a fearless cricketer and should be allowed to play free cricket.
“You know there is a lot of talk happening about Rishabh Pant every day, every minute. I just feel that he needs to be allowed to do what he wants to do on the field. I would request everyone to keep their eyes away from Rishabh Pant for a while,” skipper Rohit said on the eve of the T20 series decider against Bangladesh.
“He is a fearless cricketer and we (team management) want him to have that freedom. And if you guys take your eyes off him for sometime, it will allow him to perform even better,” added Rohit.
Focus on Rishabh Pant’s good things
Rishabh has played 22 T20Is since his debut in 2017 and has the batting strike rate of 119.72. He has impressed everyone in the starting of his career but this year is not good for the youngster. He has been constantly pressurised for his struggling performances.
Rohit Sharma got irritated after Rishabh being constantly attacked for the performances. The opener opined that Rishabh should also be praised for his good performances rather than being criticised for his wrong moves.
“He is a young guy, 22, trying to make his mark in international cricket. Every move he makes on the field, people start talking about him. It is not fair. I think we should allow him to play his cricket which actually he also wants to do,” Rohit said.
“Focus on him a lot more when he is doing good things also, not just bad things. He has been learning, there have been times he has kept well also. He is trying to do what the team management wants him to do,” the Mumbai cricketer added.