Sourav Ganguly Was Surprised With Rishabh Pant’s Shot Selection
By CricShots - Nov 22, 2018 5:22 pm
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The young Indian wicket-keeper, Rishabh Pant was batting well with his senior partner Dinesh Karthik while chasing the steep target of 174 in 17 overs in the first T20I against Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane. The duo added 51 runs in less than five overs and was just a couple of hits away from taking their side to safety after facing some when the disaster in the middle overs. On the third delivery of the 16th over, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant tried a reverse scoop against pacer Andrew Tye and went straight into the sky only to bring the batsman’s downfall.

Rishabh Pant

Pant scored 20 off 16 balls and his dismissal became the game-changing moment and India could not keep up the momentum, eventually losing the game by four runs by the DLS Method. It was for the second time in recent history that he got out playing a reverse scoop and former India captain Sourav Ganguly has come with a advice for the man who has impressed in his short international career so far.

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Ganguly, who led India the last time they returned unbeaten from Australia in Tests, asked Rishabh to focus on his shot selection and not manufacture shots that only invite danger. Speaking to IndiaTV, the 46-year-old former southpaw said: “Rishabh Pant could’ve won the match for India with Dinesh Karthik. The way he was batting with Karthik and took the match close for India, the shot didn’t have any value.”

Sourav Ganguly criticized the Kookaburra ball

Pant and Karthik (30 off 13) took over after opener Shikhar Dhawan (76 off 42), who got out after giving India a good launching pad. India’s two big guns – captain Virat Kohli (4) and vice-captain Rohit Sharma (4) failed to fire in this match as the visitors tasted their first loss in a T20I on Australian soil after the 2011-12 series.

Ganguly also said the team management should talk to Pant and ask to refrain from playing risky shots and use the bat straight. He said Pant is not in bad form but make use of his ability and power to hit straight.