Should The Selectors Back Rishabh Pant Even After So Many Failures?


With the India vs South Africa T20I concluding in a draw of the Series at 1-1, after the inaugural match of the series was washed away due to rain, the fans and the experts have once again called in for retrospection. Like it was KL Rahul in the Test squad, it is now Rishabh Pant for limited overs format. It is worth mentioning that the white Ball cricket is more popular among the fans, and they always keep a track of the Live Cricket Score of their favorite team. When the team is India, a lot of people are always ready to praise you when you perform, and the same are in the front row to criticize you as well.

After Rishabh Pant was not included in the World Cup Squad of india, there was a massive outrage over social media that how can a team leave out an in form batsman and young talent like Rishabh pant. There were numerous reports as how will a Dream11 Team of india would be incomplete without Rishabh pant in the team. However, when Rishabh pant finally got a chance to playa match in the World Cup Semi final against New Zealand, he actually became too much excited and played a lot of unnecessary shots, and they led to an Indian loss at the tournament. 

A similar thing was repeated by Pant again on the Tour of West Indies when he got out for a duck in the first T20 match and for just a score of 4 in the second one. He scored a half century after these two matches, but he did not perform when he was expected to and in the manner he was expected to. When he was expected to remain calm and bat with the other batsman to avoid any wickets, he went ahead and tried becoming Sehwag — but Pant is no Sehwag. Even in the ODIs against West Indies, he had scores of 20 and 0 in the matches he played.

Pant managed to get only 23 runs from his bat in the recently concluded series against South Africa, something that was not expected as he was not playing for a state team, but India. His performance was not at all well received by the former cricketers and experts and all have firmly made statements that Rishabh Pant needs to understand when to play a shot. Even some eminent cricket experts have also expressed their dissatisfaction on the shot selection of Rishabh Pant.

Legends like Gautam Gambhir are now batting for Sanju Samson to be added in the squad of white ball cricket for their consistency in India A and other List A matches. While Sanju Samson has been performing well and is a good wicket keeper as well, Rishabh Pant might be failing as he has a lot of crowd pressure who wants him to perform like Dhoni in the initial days of his career. That’s not at all possible and hence Rishabh needs a good stay in the First Class Matches, before he’s showered upon a pot of expectations.