Former Sri Lanka skipper, Kumar Sangakkara has opined that the Indian batter Rishabh Pant needs to work hard on his wicket-keeping skills. The Indian team management has rested Pant for the upcoming three-game ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka. Ahead of the Sri Lanka series, Sangakkara said Pant should focus more on his wicket-keeping, adding that people only focus on his batting.
As per the quotes in India Today, Kumar Sangakkara said, “Pant needs to work on his keeping. I think for one, Rishabh Pant can improve his wicket-keeping quite a bit. A lot of people only concentrate on his batting, and it is a combination of two that increases confidence.”
The former left-handed wicket-keeping batter said Pant can become really good by concentrating on smaller moments.
Kumar Sangakkara said, “I know it is hard and boring but he can really become good by concentrating on smaller moments and that in turn will help him in white ball cricket, and then he will become the keeper he is expected to become.”
When it comes to batting, Kumar Sangakkara wants Pant to be judicious in his choices of whom to attack and when to attack.
Advising the same, Kumar Sangakkara said, “In his batting, I have got no doubt that he has got all the shots, ability, and talent, but it is about understanding how you build an innings in T20 cricket, knowing which bowlers to attack and be a little smart.”
While the BCCI did not mention in its press release whether Rishabh Pant was dropped or rested, it has emerged that the wicketkeeper-batter has also been asked to report to the National Cricket Academy to work on strength and conditioning. It is understood that he has been asked to report at the NCA for a knee-strengthening rehabilitation program for a couple of weeks. Hence, he will miss the entire Sri Lanka series, according to the news agency PTI.