Rishabh Pant is facing criticism over his second innings dismissal against South Africa. The 24-year-old Pant departed for a duck on Day 3 of the Wanderers Test after he tried to hit Rishabh Pant over the top. Former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt has questioned Pant’s batting approach.
He said Pant will have to leave his aggressive batting and bring out patience.
“Definitely, he has to put a price on his wicket. His shot against South Africa was irresponsible. I feel that’s not a confident shot. It’s the other way around. He plays like that due to a lack of confidence. If a player stays at the crease and takes time in the middle, things will get better for him. Pant comes in and starts hitting from the word go,” said Butt on his YouTube channel.
“When he started, it looked like a confident shot. But this show at present looks more like a ‘lack of confidence’ shot. His approach hasn’t been helped him score runs in recent times. He is a capable player and has a lot of talent. But he isn’t exploring other options to score runs,” he added.
His last century came against England. In the last seven Test matches, Pant has scored 250 runs.
“He is not even lifting his patience levels. That can be harsh… on the team and the player himself. He is keeping for a leading Test team after replacing MS Dhoni with the gloves.
“If you are replacing someone like Dhoni, you need to rethink your strategy. You are in the team because of your talent… but Test cricket has a lot of time to build the innings. If you hit such kinds of shots, you will receive a lot of flak from experts, analysts and fans as well,” he further said.