- Oct 4, 2023
- May 4, 2023
Rishabh Pant has been battling a poor run of form in the T20I circuit. And in his last T20I against South Africa, he only gathered 27 off 14 balls with three fours and two sixes. He lost his wicket off the bowling of Lungi Ngidi and the catch was taken by Tristian Stubbs when Pant mistimed a short ball at cover. Many fans and experts have questioned Pant’s shot-making in T20Is and many believe that he has not been up to the mark for India in T20I as he has been in the Indian T20 League for Delhi where he has scored 2838 runs.
Speaking on this matter, former India batter Ajay Jadeja looked at things in a different light and had a piece of advice for Rishabh Pant. He suggested that Pant could seek advice from his teammate Dinesh Karthik to iron out his flaws. As he is an experienced campaigner and has been in the Indian setup for a long time. Dinesh Karthik has hit a purple patch of form since the Indian T20 League 2022 where he scored 330 runs for his franchise which earned him a comeback to the Indian side.
Speaking to Cricbuzz, Ajay Jadeja explained that Pant missed a big opportunity to prove a point in the third T20I and also warned him to ‘figure’ his woes out soon. “Yes, he has missed it and I hope I mean he doesn’t have to go too far. He had to look to his batting partner today. It’s taken him 15 years for the team to start believing and you know accepting. DK (Karthik) who had similar talent over the last 15 years”, he said.
“DK came in 2014 and you know the team persisted with him, kept bringing him back every time because you believe in some talent. But if you don’t deliver then eventually that team leaves you out somewhere. So he’ll have to and he doesn’t have to go far.”
“So it’s something, that he has to figure that out and a very good person to talk to would be DK, because he has probably been through a similar situation where teams, captains, coaches always brought him back every couple of years. believing in him. But it’s never happened for him and it’s taken him so long to now get to the stage where the team or you know most of the world had given up on him. But he didn’t give up and he’s come back. So, better if he learns now rather than when you know he gets to the age of DK”, he further added.