Rishabh Pant Can Bounce Back In 2021: Harbhajan Singh

Rishabh Pant Can Bounce Back In 2021: Harbhajan Singh

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Rishabh Pant had a horrid IPL 2020 season which even by his standards is mediocre. He scored just 343 runs in 14 games averaging 31.18 at a below-par strike rate of 113.95, not the exuberant style he’s reputed for.

Rishabh Pant was touted as a future replacement for MS Dhoni after his superb performance a couple of years ago in Tests and limited over cricket. However, his form has seen on a downhill slide in the past 12-18 months, where he is giving away wickets after being set and cannot convert starts to big scores.

Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni
Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni .Image Credits: Getty Images.

Rishabh Pant Needs To Score Consistently To Make A Comeback: Harbhajan Singh

Former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said that Rishabh Pant hasn’t performed well in the past year or so according to his standards but believes that the wicketkeeper-batsman has the ability to bounce back and can perform consistently.

The 23-year-old wicketkeeper has featured in 13 Tests, 15 ODIs and 28 T20Is since debuting in 2017. Still, he averages less than 30 in limited-overs and was excluded from the white-ball squad in ODI and T20Is for Australia.

In an interview with Sports Tak, Singh said that “the southpaw has not been able to live up to the performance that was expected from him. But he is young, and we know that he has a lot of ability and can do well in the future.”

Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh (Credits: Twitter)

Harbhajan Singh also touched upon Rishabh Pant’s record in the recently concluded IPL 2020 tournament and said that he did not have an eventful season for the Delhi Capitals as he didn’t score consistently.

In an advice to the youngster, Harbhajan Singh said that if he wants to make a comeback and be a regular fixture in all three formats of the game, he needs to score runs and prove his ability once again.

Although Rishabh Pant averages 44.35 in Tests where he has 2 hundreds, his highest score in limited-overs is only 75, but he is a limited-overs specialist too as shown in IPL 2018, when he scored 684 runs in 14 games averaging 52.61 at a strike rate of 173.6. The spin wizard also believes that Rishabh Pant has the ability to score quick runs and will achieve that in the near future.

Rishabh Pant Played Well In India’s Last Tour To Australia, But His Form Became Inconsistent Post The Tour

Rishabh Pant was the star of Indian cricket during the team’s last Down Under tour. He was the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a century in the Test series.  He was also given the opportunity to keep the wickets, replacing the legendary MS Dhoni in the T20 format during that tour.

Post that successful tour, in the past two years, Rishabh Pant’s form has been inconsistent due to which he lost out on the opportunity to be picked for the limited-over series this time around. However, he’s been retained as the wicketkeeper for the upcoming four-match Test series, where he desperately needs to solidify his place with some good performances to be back in the reckoning for limited overs.

KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant
KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Rishabh Pant needs to uplift his game to match the likes of KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha and Sanju Samson, who displaced him to secure and cement their spots in the Indian team. However, the left-handed batsman scored a half-century amassing 56 in the final of the IPL against the Mumbai Indians in which his side Delhi Capitals lost.