Robin Uthappa comments on Rishabh Pant’s dismissal in IND vs BAN match
By SMCS - Jun 24, 2024 7:00 am
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Team India’s wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant played a quick 36-run knock in the Super 8 match of the 2024 T20 World Cup against Bangladesh on Saturday, June 22, in Antigua. However, the reverse sweep proved to be his downfall as he got out after the fielder caught him at short third man off-spinner Rishad Hossain’s bowling as well.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant

While many expressed their displeasure over Rishabh Pant’s shot selection, Robin Uthapppa, on the other hand, has a different take on his dismissal. He said on Ravichandran Ashwin’s YouTube channel: “I don’t have an issue with the way he got out. It’s very natural. Because I have done that, right? The reverse sweep was my shot. And I got pummeled, bro, when I used to get up and play the reverse sweep. I remember RCB, Pune Warriors, KKR and a lot of people. And basically, when I kept hearing that same narrative over and over again, you get to a point where you start second-guessing yourself. And that’s the worst thing you can do as a cricketer. The worst thing you can do is second-guess yourself as a cricketer. You don’t want to do that.”

However, Robin Uthappa further added that Rishabh Pant has had success with the reverse sweep and he should continue backing the shot as well.

“And for me, as a cricketer, from the outside, if that is his shot and we have seen him succeed so much with that shot, I will say, bro, double down on it. You want to get out another few times? Get out. It’s okay. So I’d rather have you trusting your instinct and backing yourself and get that working for us, rather than me putting the seed of doubt in your head and you not backing your instincts. Because the minute you don’t back your instincts, you might take away one shot. But in the process of taking away one shot, you are taking away more than just one shot. You are taking away three, four, perhaps, arrows in your repertoire or in your quiver where you become less effective,” he again shared.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant played an outrageous reverse scoop

The Indian team completed a 50-run win over Bangladesh, successfully defending a 197-run target as well. However, Hardik Pandya was adjudged the Man of the Match for his quickfire fifty as well. Robin Uthappa also added that while he was fine with Rishabh Pant playing
the reverse sweep as well.

“I don’t mind with the way he got out. My issue is more like, if you have got in, say 15 runs in that over, save some for the next few overs also. That calculated batsmanship needs to be there. Like a Viru bhai would do that so well. Like a leg-spinner is bowling or an off-spinner is bowling, he will milk him for two boundaries and then take a single. So that he comes back the next over,” Robin Uthappa further added.

“If say, Rishabh had Virat batting with him when he decided to take Rishad on completely and want to score 30 runs in that over, I would have had no issues. The fact that he had Hardik there. And then after Hardik, you only had one or two more all-rounders there. No pure batters there. For me, that’s where my concern comes up. Where I am like, okay, that’s why you need to apply a little bit of batsmanship from a batter’s point of view. What would actually make him less predictable is to actually back himself. Even if he had backed himself to play another big shot,” Robin Uthappa concluded.