India’s young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been the subject of criticism from all corners of late. He is being picked out consistently in almost every match by fans and several pundits alike. Fans, in particular, have made it a bad habit of criticizing him on social media sites. There have been constant memes, poor language used and abuses hurled at the player, who is trying to make a mark in the side.

Pant needs to be given time and it is up to the management and the selectors to decide how will the journey be paved for him. He is currently the deputy to Wriddhiman Saha, who replaced him for the Test series against South Africa in October. Saha is someone who can groom Pant and get him to a certain level in cricket. In limited-overs, Pant is still the number one and is playing almost every match for the side.

Yes, there are mistakes made by him. Things haven’t been easy going for the southpaw in white-ball cricket. He has struggled with the bat and has also been making blunders behind the stumps. Against Bangladesh in the first two T20Is, he made a big DRS call that went wrong and then missed a stumping. This was enough for the fans to lash out at him and criticize him.

It’s easy to be a television potato and lash out at players when things go wrong. But that is not what should govern the manner in which you pick out on certain players and go out at them. Looking at the manner in which Pant is being targeted, it is a sad state of scenes. People have made it an agenda of sort to poke fun on him. It is as if he is ruling the lives of these people, who get certain sense of thrills on social media by acting cheaply.

This needs to stop and fans should be accountable for their behaviour. However, Pant is backed solidly by current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly. The management likes him and trusts his offerings. Therefore, no matter how much the fans pick him out, it ultimately boils down to him continuing to play for Team India and giving his best.

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