According to Krishnamachari Srikkanth, a former chairman of the selection committee, Rishabh Pant is “messing up” his chances and should be allowed to take some time off from international cricket in order to reimagine his playing style.
Pant has not been very productive in limited overs cricket this year. He has only reached the 30-run mark twice out of the 21 innings that he has played in 2022, and he has only scored a fifty in the shortest format once, and that was way back in February when he was playing against the West Indies.
The 25-year-old batsman has played nine innings in one-day internationals so far this year and has scored two fifties and a hundred.
“They haven’t done a very good job of dealing with him, so perhaps you could give him (Pant) a break and tell him to “just wait a bit, come and play in India.” Are you going to take him out of the lineup after one or two games, or are you going to wait until he has played a few matches before doing so?” According to what Srikkanth said on his channel on YouTube called Cheeky Cheeka.
“Indeed, Rishabh Pant is not making the most of the opportunities he has been given. I am in a state of extreme dissatisfaction; ennada Pant-u (what is this Pant)?, “he said.
Pant was out after scoring 17 runs in the first T20I of the series against New Zealand, while in the first ODI he was out after scoring 15 runs.
“You are ruining these opportunities by doing this. Should you engage in such combat, you can expect favourable outcomes, right? The upcoming World Cup is quickly approaching. Already a significant number of individuals are of the opinion that Pant is not scoring, so this will only serve to add more fuel to the fire, “Srikkanth, a former India opener, said.
“He is going to make things difficult for himself. He needs to redefine himself. He must first maintain his composure and engage in some lighthearted activity before making his move… He consistently loses his wicket through careless play.”
On Wednesday, India and New Zealand will play in the third and final one-day international match in Christchurch.