WTC Final 2021: Handling Of Rishabh Pant Going Forward Is Crucial, Says Nasser Hussain
Rishabh Pant
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WTC Final 2021: Handling Of Rishabh Pant Going Forward Is Crucial, Says Nasser Hussain

Rishabh Pant couldn’t do much with the bat on Day 3 of the WTC final. Following his dismissal, England’s former captain turned commentator Nasser Hussain explained how Virat Kohli-Ravi Shastri & Co. need to handle Rishabh Pant in the future.

Team India had a tough day on the field on Day 3 of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final, versus New Zealand at The Rose Bowl, Southampton on Sunday (June 20). Resuming the day from 146-3, India had captain Virat Kohli (44 not out) and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane (29*) in the middle as their unbeaten 58-run stand was expected to add more to the team’s tally.

WTC final: Nasser Hussain on how Rishabh Pant can be handled in future | Photo Credit: AP
WTC final: Nasser Hussain on how Rishabh Pant can be handled in future | Photo Credit: AP

Rishabh Pant’s Handling Going Forward Is Crucial: Nasser Hussain

Nonetheless, Kyle Jamieson’s swing and pace added to India’s woes as Virat Kohli departed without adding to his overnight score. In-form Rishabh Pant came out in the middle at No. 5 but couldn’t last long (4). Rishabh Pant took his time to get off the mark, with a flick to the boundary but departed soon playing a rash shot, away from his body as the edge went to Tom Latham at slips.

India's Rishabh Pant.(AP)
India’s Rishabh Pant.(AP)

Former England captain Nasser Hussain opened up on Rishabh Pant’s dismal show and made an interesting point on how a player like him will have to be ‘handled’ by Virat Kohli-Ravi Shastri & Co. in the future.

Speaking to Star Sports at the lunch break on Day 3, Hussain said, “I mean he could have done something different (on Pant’s dismissal). It was a wide ball that he could have left alone. The way Jamieson was smart, from around the wicket, the angles went with Jamieson. If he swings it in, he takes the LBW out of the equation.

“So, he went over the wicket and there was a review that was just clipping. The technique is not there. He’s not moved his foot across and it’s a dangerous shot.”

Hussain explained how Pant can be managed in the future and opined, “The management and the handling of Rishabh Pant going forward is going to be crucial. Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli are the best men to handle him because they are just going to let him be.”

“You just can’t sit Rishabh Pant down and say why did he do that. He’s just not that sort of a cricketer. They have to let him go and let him express himself. He’s already won games for India. India possibly might not have been here if it wasn’t for some of the great knocks of Rishabh Pant.

“So you are not going to get the brilliance of Rishabh without the odd shot-making he’s played there. So, the management and handling of him is going to be absolutely crucial,” added the cricketer-turned-commentator Hussain.

Rishabh Pant will like to go big in the second essay as India have their task cut-out in the WTC final. Being asked to bat first, India was bundled out for 217 as Kyle Jamieson returned with an impressive five-for. In reply, Devon Conway’s fifty and Tom Latham’s sedate 30 took the Kiwis to 101/2 at stumps, being 116 behind India’s first-innings total at the end of stumps on Day 3.

Rishabh Pant Was In Excellent Form Against Australia And England

A lot was expected from Rishabh Pant in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. He had been in superb batting form for India over the past few months, emerging as the match-winner in the series in Australia, and in the home Test series against England.

Rishabh Pant scored 274 runs at an average of 68.50 in five innings for India against Australia. The keeper continued his form against England where he hit 270 runs at an average of 54.00.

Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)

But on Day 3 of the WTC final, he was dismissed cheaply for just 4 runs after he nicked a short and wide delivery from Kiwi speedster Kyle Jamieson to Tom Latham at the slips. It was an unnecessary shot from Rishabh Pant, and he looked visibly miffed with himself after walking back to the stadium.