Rishabh Pant’s shot selection has garnered much limelight in the recent days, especially after Ravi Shastri commented on the youngster during an interview. To add to it, Rishabh was dismissed playing a rash shot in the second T20I against South Africa, that further put pressure on the youngster.
It is no doubt that the team management wants Rishabh to put a price on his wicket. Amidst this, India legend VVS Laxman has said that the team management will run out of patience with Rishabh as they have options in the form of Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan.
“They’ll run out of patience with him. There are other young talented wicketkeepers like Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan waiting in the wings,” he said on air during commentary on Star Sports.
It’s a fact that the selectors might look beyond Rishabh should he continue to throw away his wicket but his form hasn’t touched too low to keep him out of the side.
Hence, there is just one aspect that Rishabh has to work on and the coaching staff will surely get the things done with time. Attacking game brought Rishabh into the limelight early in his career and he continues to play in the same manner at the international level as well.
Last year, he had famously scored his first run in Test cricket with a six against England on his debut.
He has already settled himself in longest format by scoring centuries in England and Australia, a record that no other Indian wicketkeeper has achieved. Rishabh did it in his first six months of Test cricket.
But his shot selection has seen him getting a warning from the team management and going ahead, it wi be a challenge for the youngster to curb playing rash shots.
In red-ball cricket, there are likes of Wriddhiman Saha and KS Bhara to take his place while in white-ball cricket, Ishan and Samson can get a go whenever needed.
MS Dhoni also hasn’t retired from the game and can make a comeback if he has plans to play next year’s T20 World Cup.
Rishabh’s next challenge will come on Sunday in the T20I against South Arica. He will then play for Delhi in the Vijay Hazare Trophy before joining India Test squad for three-match series.