Rishabh Pant, who keeps wickets and bats, stated on Wednesday that he would like to open the batting in the shortest version of the game, but in one-day internationals (ODIs), he would prefer to bat at either position 4 or 5.
Recent events have shown that the left-handed batsman in white-ball cricket is unable to get going, and as a result, he has been the target of criticism on social media.
The young hitter has a far better record in Tests compared to ODIs and T20Is, so it will be interesting to see how the batter tackles the white-ball formats going forward. Tests are the most traditional version of the game.
Pant made his remarks just before the third One-Day International match between India and New Zealand. The wicketkeeper who also bats will take on the role of vice captain for the duration of the series.
“In Twenty20 Internationals, I would love to open the batting, and in One-Day Internationals, I would settle for batting fourth or fifth. Only in test matches do I bat in the fifth position.
When batting in different places, obviously the game plan is going to be different, but the coach and captain are going to be thinking about what is going to be best for the team and where each player is going to be able to contribute the most.
I will endeavour to perform to the best of my abilities whenever and wherever I am given the chance “stated Pant on Prime Video before the third One-Day International match.
He went on to say that “in ODIs, you do not need to premeditate much,” but that “in T20s, you absolutely need to do that.”
Rishabh Pant appeared to be irritated when he was questioned why his record in the test format is better than in the one-day international and one-day international forms, and his response was as follows: “Please understand, sir, that the record is merely a number. My white-ball numbers aren’t too horrible, all things considered.”
Pant responded as follows when Harsha Bhogle brought up the fact that he wasn’t referring to his white-ball record as being poor: “Due to the fact that I am only 24 or 25 years old, comparisons do not make sense at this time.
If you really want to conduct the comparison, you can wait till I’m 30 or 32 years old to do it. Before that, I do not understand how the parallel can be made.”