Ravi Shastri warns Rishabh Pant: Will be rapped on knuckles if he repeats mistakes

Ahead of the South Africa series, Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli felt that Rishabh Pant is a wonderful talent and should take additional responsibility of winning games for the side
Ravi Shastri warns Rishabh Pant: Will be rapped on knuckles if he repeats mistakesRavi Shastri warns Rishabh Pant: Will be rapped on knuckles if he repeats mistakes
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Head Coach Ravi Shastri made it clear that Rishabh Pant will be rapped on the knuckles if he keeps on throwing away his wicket by playing rash shots early on in the innings. He also felt that MS Dhoni's successor has let the team down during India's tour to West Indies.

He said, "At times when you see a shot, like the first ball dismissal in Trinidad, if he repeats that, then he will be told. There will be a rap on the knuckles, talent or no talent. As simple as that. Because you are letting the team down, forget letting yourselves down. In a situation where you have the captain at the other end, a target to chase, the need of the hour is sensible cricket."

Shastri however felt that he has tremendous potential and if he manages to curb his instincts early on in the game, he will be unstoppable. "No one will even think of changing his style. Like Virat said, reading the situation, match-awareness and shot-selection becomes crucial. If he can fathom that, he could be unstoppable. It could take one game, it could take four games. He has played so much IPL cricket, he will learn. It's time now for him to step up and show how devastating he can be."

Kohli on the other hand, said that Pant should play according to situations. "The only expectation from Rishabh is that he reads situations well. We don't expect him to play the way you might be thinking. It is about analysing a situation and dealing with it in your own way."

He further added, "Someone like Rishabh will hit five boundaries in a difficult situation compared to me, who likes to take singles or twos and get out of it. Everyone has their own game but reading the situation and decision-making is an expectation from everyone in the team, not just Rishabh."

The second T20I between India and South Africa will be played on Wednesday.

Also Read: India vs South Africa 2019, 2nd T20I: Match Preview, Head to Head, Squads, Venue, Telecast details and more

    

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