Former Indian cricketer, Aakash Chopra has raised questions about Rishabh Pant’s future in the white ball format. He feels that it’s time that selectors take a call on the wicketkeeper.
Rishabh Pant became a regular member of the Indian team across all formats following his magical style of play. His unusual stroke-playing ability and fearlessness impressed the fans as well as the selectors. Many people around the world remember Pant’s iconic knock against Australia in Gabba.
However, his recent form has been under the scanner. Post the Gabba knock, Rishabh has failed to produce any impactful knock for the team in multiple crucial matches. Fans and critics from all around the world have criticized Pant for his constant failures. Aakash Chopra is the latest to join the masses.
Aakash Chopra uncertain about Rishabh Pant’s future in the white ball formats
Aakash Chopra posted a video on YouTube in which he is seen raising questions about Pant’s failures in ODI and T20 formats. He said that since Pant is the vice-captain in the ODI series against New Zealand, he will play the whole series. But he is uncertain if he could get any further chances post that.
“The selectors have named him as the vice-captain. Since he’s Dhawan’s deputy, he will be given two more chances in the series. But what will happen after that? That’s a big question. Even if he doesn’t play well, then it will be time to take a call on him. Should we continue with him or start moving ahead?”
Aakash Chopra further added that Rishabh came in as an X-factor player. He has proven himself in the tests, but as far as the white ball formats are concerned, Pant has failed to live up to the expectations.
“What’s happening now is everybody is looking at him as a special player, a talented one who has the X-Factor. But in the white ball format, he hasn’t lived up to the reputation thus far. In Tests, even at the present, he is the best wicketkeeper batter not just in India but across the globe. Only the top-order batters have played terrific innings like him. But it’s also a fact that he hasn’t done well in ODIs and T20Is to justify the opportunities he has been given. Though he is a part of the next tour as well if he doesn’t perform then selectors will have to think about him,”
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