Rarely a day goes by without an expert passing their verdict on Rishabh Pant’s captaincy and batting. The latest to assess Pant’s performance against the Proteas is the former Indian selector Madan Lal.
While Pant majorly gets criticized for his batting more than his captaincy, the World Cup-winning player has opined on the southpaw’s leadership.
Pant, who was roped in as a late replacement for injured KL Rahul, failed to impress Madan Lal with his captaincy. The former player feels that the player is not mature enough to handle both roles. Hence his batting failure is a by-product of his weak captaincy.
The 25-year-old is one of the leading contenders for the future captain. However, Madan Lal feels that the Pant has a long way to go, and he wouldn’t have handed him the captain’s armband for at least two years.
He said to SportsTak, “I would have stopped him from becoming captain. Wouldn’t have allowed it. Because such a player needs to be given this responsibility later. Becoming an India captain is a big deal. He is a youngster. He isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The longer he plays, he will gain more maturity.”
Madan Lal urged the youngster to show maturity as a batter first and then dwell on the captain’s role.
He signed off by saying, “Over the next two years, if he can take his game to the next level, then he can be a good captain, can deal with things maturely. This is a player of a different nature. MS Dhoni was a quiet and cool captain, which suited him as captain. Virat Kohli is a brilliant batter. I’m not saying Pant shouldn’t be swinging his bat, but it would be great if he could play with a little more maturity.”