We are monitoring Rishabh Pant's workload and also grooming backups across all formats: MSK Prasad

The chief selector said the selection committee has faith in Pant’s ability as of now.
We are monitoring Rishabh Pant's workload and also grooming backups across all formats: MSK PrasadRishabh Pant has been picked up as India’s first-choice ‘keeper-batsman across formats, with an eye on the future. (Photo: BCCI)
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Rishabh Pant's shot selection and poor form with the bat continues to be in debate after yet another failure against South Africa in the second T20I in Mohali.  The Delhi youngster is touted to take over wicketkeeping duties across all formats once MS Dhoni retires has been slammed by critics for his poor shot selection. Inspite of all the issues chief selector MSK Prasad has backed the youngster but also said that there were players being groomed for the slot though Pant remains the first-choice for now.

  

The selectors picked up 21-year-old as India’s first-choice ‘keeper-batsman across formats, with an eye on the future.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Prasad spoke about monitoring Pant’s workload and grooming his backups. “We are monitoring the workload of Rishabh. Of course, we have been grooming backups across all formats. We have the young KS Bharath doing well in the longer format for India A. We also have Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson doing well in the shorter formats for India ‘A’ and domestic cricket,” Prasad said.

The chief selector said the selection committee has faith in Pant’s ability and will be patient with him. “I have already said that post World Cup we have been concentrating on the progress of Rishabh. We need to be patient with him, considering the immense talent that he possesses,” the chief selector added.

Earlier ahead of second T20I in Mohali Team India batting coach Vikram Rathour advised Pant to think his innings through. “I think he is a phenomenal player. There is no doubt about that. But what he needs to do is to sort his game plan. He needs to be more disciplined and all the young players like him need to understand that there is a fine line between fearless cricket and careless cricket.What the team management is asking from them is to be fearless. About having a clear game plan and playing with intent. Focus should be batting to your strength and at the same time, one cannot be careless. I am sure they have started to understand that,” Rathour had said.

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