Former India opener Kris Srikkanth expressed his concerns over wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant not making the most of his chances in the limited-overs format and suggested a break could help him to get back in form. Pant has struggled in the T20I format. He has only managed to have an average of 22.43 and has a strike rate of 126.37 across 66 games for India. He has crossed the 40-run mark just once in his last ten innings.
Although Pant’s ODI form has been quite encouraging in the last ten matches with three half-centuries and one century, the southpaw was yet again under the scanner after he just scored 15 runs in the first ODI against New Zealand. With Sanju Samson enjoying a brilliant run in the format in recent times, the pressure is piling up on Pant to perform.
Kris Srikkanth suggested the management try giving Rishabh Pant a break and felt that it’s better to give him a break now rather than removing him from the squad. He further expressed disappointment over Pant wasting his chances and reminded me about the 50-overs World Cup coming up in a year’s time.
In the video on his Youtube channel, Kris Srikkanth said, “Maybe you can give him (Pant) a break and tell him ‘just wait a bit, come and play in India,’ they haven’t handled him well. Are you going to wait for a couple of matches before giving him a break or remove him after one or two games?”
He concluded, “Yes, Rishabh Pant is not utilising the chances he’s getting. I am very disappointed, what is this Pant? You are messing up these chances. If you smash into such matches, it’ll be good right? The World Cup is coming up. Already a lot of people are saying that Pant isn’t scoring so it’ll add fuel to the fire. He needs to reinvent himself. He has to do something right – stand and play for a while and then go for it…He’s throwing his wicket away all the time.”