Many believed wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant could be the ideal replacement for Mahendra Singh Dhoni after the former Indian skipper's form declined drastically over the past two years. Pant is not only a skilled player, but also was a heavy-hitting batsman like Dhoni and was seen as someone who could fill in the void left by Team India's most successful captain.
However, over the past few seasons, things have turned a bit sour for the 23-year-old power-hitter. His performances with the bat, largely due to his poor decision making, has seen himself being dropped from the limited-overs squad.
Pant also had a lack-luster IPL in the UAE as he scored 343 runs in 14 games at an average of 31.18 and a strike rate of 113.35. Though he scored a solitary fifty in the final against Mumbai Indians, it wasn't enough to inspire DC to their first IPL title.
Despite his torrid display in the IPL, veteran Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh believes Rishabh Pant is a young player and has the ability to regain his fine form. “I believe that he (Rishabh) will be able to do that (score runs) in the near future,” Harbhajan Singh said.
“Rishabh Pant has not been able to live up to the performances that were expected from him. But he's young, and we know that he has a lot of ability, and can do well in the future,” Harbhajan was quoted as saying by Sports Tak.
“Even in the recently concluded IPL 2020, he didn't have a very successful run. He did not score a lot for Delhi Capitals, but we know that he is a quality player, and if he wants to make a comeback to all the three formats of the game, then he'll have to score runs and show his ability,” he added.
Despite his omission from the T20I and ODI squads, Pant was named in the Test squad to face Australia, as a back-up keeper for Wriddhiman Saha, who is currently recovering from an injury setback.
Pant enjoyed a breakthrough season Down Under last time out. He was the second-highest run-scorer as Team India scripted history by becoming the first team to win a Test series on Australian soil.