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Irfan Pathan feels that Rishabh Pant should have played more sensibly in the second innings of the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand.

Former India cricketer Irfan Pathan feels that Rishabh Pant should have played more sensibly in the second innings of the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand in Southampton.

After the departure of overnight batsmen Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara on the Reserve Day, Pant was expected to guide his side to a big total. But he failed to meet the expectations of fans and his teammates.

The young wicketkeeper-batsman scored 41 runs off 88 balls before his dismissal.

According to Pathan, the youngster should have played with more responsibility on Day 6.

During a discussion on Star Sports Network, Irfan said, “I know Rishabh Pant plays very well in destructive fashion. But destructive batting doesn’t mean that you walk down the wicket to pace bowlers and try to hit them out of the ground. Some responsibility was required.

“If we talk about proper cricketing reasons where we went wrong in this match, it was even after the first innings. The second innings batting was extremely disappointing because the ball was not moving that much. So, they could have batted more responsibly there,” the 36-year-old added.

The Virat Kohli-led side lost the summit clash to Kane Williamson’s men by 8 wickets after being bundled out for just 170 runs on the last day of the one-off Test.

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