On Wednesday, India’s stand-in captain Shikhar Dhawan claimed that Rishabh Pant is a proven “match-winner” and deserves full confidence from the team management while he faces a difficult phase. Dhawan made these comments during India’s match against Sri Lanka.
Shikhar Dhawan advised Sanju Samson to be patient and wait for his opportunities as well. In the third and final one-day international that India played against New Zealand on Wednesday, the left-handed Pant, who is known for his flamboyance, once again failed after miscuing a rising delivery to get out for a score of 10 off 16 balls. This caused India to be bowled out for 219 in the match.
“In the end, you need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture to determine who the match winner is. “You analyse, and based on that, your decisions are made,” Dhawan remarked during the interaction that took place after the match.
The following are Pant’s scores over the course of his most recent nine innings, broken down into white-ball format: 10, 15, 11, 6, 6, 3, 9, and 27.
Samson, on the other hand, made the most of the opportunities he had and was outstanding in the one-day internationals played at home against South Africa last month. After scoring 36 runs in the inaugural one-day international match played in Auckland, the stumper for Kerala was dismissed.
Shikhar Dhawan claimed that being in the position of the captain and having to make difficult decisions, like as selecting Pant over Samson, is “not difficult.”
“There is no question that Sanju Samson has been making the most of every chance that has been presented to him.
“But sometimes you just have to wait for your opportunities, because the other guy has done well, and we know based on his (Pant’s) abilities that he’s a match-winner. Therefore, you should support him even when he isn’t performing too well.
In a joint address to the media, the captain of the New Zealand cricket team, Kane Williamson, stated that competing against a team like India, which is endowed with an abundance of skill, is a difficult task.
“The Indian team and the country is blessed with so much talent that sometimes you are faced with issues that need you to weigh up different possibilities,” Williamson said. “The Indian squad is blessed with so much talent that the country is blessed with so much talent.”
“It’s not always easy, and it definitely presents a problem, but it’s just one of those things. You are a part of the decision-making process when you are a leader, and you work toward moving forward as a cohesive group.
The T20 leg was won by India with a score of 1-0, while the ODI match was won by the hosts with the same score. However, rain was the undeniable victor in the white-ball series, which consisted of six matches and resulted in the cancellation of three of them. The Duckworth-Lewis technique was used to decide the winner of one match.
“It’s very discouraging. Rain is not something we can influence. But, sure, we were given opportunities, and we were given the ability to discuss our shortcomings and the areas in which we might make improvements. We talk about everything and perform an analysis,” Dhawan added.
“The most important benefit to us will be the strengthening of our bonds as a team. It has been decided that the main team would compete in Bangladesh. On the other hand, this experience will come in helpful in the event that one or two people get hurt. Dhawan, who is also competing in the one-day international series captained by Rohit Sharma, stated that the younger players who participated in this series will be given an opportunity.
The first episode of the series will air on December 4.