Rishabh Pant was criticised heavily for the manner in which he was dismissed during the Super 4 match against Pakistan at the Asia Cup 2022. Former international cricketers Gautam Gambhir and Wasim Akram were also critical of his shot selection at such a late juncture in the game.
Rishabh Pant’s difficulties with white-ball cricket are not yet behind him, as evidenced by the fact that the player was unable to impress with the bat once more on Sunday. On Sunday, in the Super 4 match of the ongoing Asia Cup, India was defeated by Pakistan by a score of five wickets. The southpaw batted for India and got 14 runs off of 12 balls.
Pant attempted a reverse-sweep off of Shadab Khan, but he was unable in its execution, which resulted in him providing Asif Ali with an easy catch at a vital moment in the game. The wicketkeeper-batsman received a lot of criticism for the manner in which he was dismissed, and several former international cricketers, such as Gautam Gambhir and Wasim Akram, were also critical of the shot selection the wicketkeeper-batsman made at such a late stage in the match.
“It is likely that Rishabh Pant is feeling down today (Sunday) because the shot in question (the reverse sweep) is not his. It is likely that he will attempt to hit the ball over long-on or deep mid-wicket with his shot. You find that you are able to overcome the challenge because your resilience allows you to do so. You are not particularly strong at backsweeping, “remarked Gambhir while speaking to Star Sports after the game.
Wasim Akram, who had a successful career as a bowler for Pakistan, concurred with Gambhir’s assessment.
“At that point in the match, Gauti (Gautam Gambhir) stood out in particular. It was completely unnecessary to take that image. I’m aware that he plays that shot in the test format of cricket. Although I am aware that he is one of the best players in the world of cricket, at this point in the match the shot was not necessary “stated the legendary Pakistani figure.
When Pant was out caught on the reverse sweep, India’s scoring rate was over nine, but Pakistan gained an advantage in the game as a result of his wicket.
India scored 181 for 7 thanks in large part to Virat Kohli’s 60 off 44 runs. Mohammad Rizwan scored 71 runs off 51 balls, while Mohammad Nawaz scored 42 runs off 20 balls for Pakistan during their reply, which allowed them to win by one run with five wickets remaining.
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