VVS Laxman gives solution to Rishabh Pant's batting issue, wants these players to be tried at No 4

Pant who has been groomed to take over the mantle from MS Dhoni has been receiving flak for his below-par performance.
VVS Laxman gives solution to Rishabh Pant's batting issue, wants these players to be tried at No 4Pant's poor shot selection has led to his downfall and due to that the much-debated No.4 spot is once again in question. (Photo: Twitter)
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Rishabh Pant poor run with the bat continues as he yet again failed to deliver with the bat when the team needed him the most. On Sunday evening, Pant scored a 20-ball 19 during the third T20I which India lost by nine wickets against South Africa.

Pant who has been groomed to take over the mantle from MS Dhoni has been receiving flak for his below-par performance.

Former India batsman VVS Laxman believes young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is not able to succeed at the No. 4 spot and that's why he should come down the order to express himself more freely at the international stage.

"The nature of Rishabh Pant's batting is that he plays aggressive shots. The success came for him in Delhi Capitals during IPL, playing at No. 4 with an average strike rate of 45 but unfortunately at the international level he is not able to succeed at the number four position," Laxman said while speaking at Nerolac Cricket Live show for Star Sports.

Pant's poor shot selection has led to his downfall and due to that the much-debated No.4 spot is once again in question and Laxman is of opinion that his shot selection at start has not been great.

"Every player goes through this phase, his natural game is free flowing but suddenly he is not gaining the same results.

"He is trying to evolve and trying to add different dimensions to his game by rotating the strike that we saw in the previous match but unfortunately, his shot selection at the start of the innings has not been great," he added.

The former Indian batsman further advised the team management to have Pant bat at number 5 or 6.

"Pant should bat at number 5 and 6, where you have the license to go out and express yourself and at the moment he doesn't know the right method of scoring runs at number 4.

Laxman said either Shreyas Iyer or Hardik Pandya can bat at No. 4 as they have more experience. "There are other people to bat at number 4 like Hardik Pandya and Shreyas Iyer who are experienced and could play at that spot."

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