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‘DK came in 2014…’: ex-player advice to Pant, warns ‘team will leave you’ | Cricket

Rishabh Pant disappointed again with the bat, coming in as Rohit Sharma’s opening partner in the recent India vs South Africa 3rd T20I, held in Indore. After Rohit’s two-ball duck, Pant tried to anchor India’s pursuit and tried to build a partnership with Dinesh Karthik after Shreyas Iyer’s dismissal in the second over. But the wicketkeeper-batter lost his wicket to Lungi Ngidi in the final delivery of the fifth over when he hit a short ball towards cover where Tristan Stubbs took a diving catch. The Delhi Capitals (DC) captain was able to register just 27 runs on 14 balls, including three fours and two sixes. Many fans and pundits have been doubting his place in the T20 World Cup in India lately. Former player Ajay Jadeja had some advice for Rishabh Pant and asked him to seek help from an experienced cricketer.

Speaking to Cricbuzz, Jadeja explained that Pant missed a big chance to prove a point in the third T20I and also warned him to sort out his issues quickly. “Yes, he missed it and I hope I mean he doesn’t have to go too far. He had to look at his batting partner today. It took him 15 years for the team to start to believe and you know you accept it. DK (Karthik) who had the same talent for the past 15 years,” he said.

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“DK came in 2014 and you know the team persevered with him, coming back every time because you believe in some talent. But if you don’t perform, that team will eventually leave you out somewhere. So he will have to and he doesn’t have far to go.”

“He’s got a buddy on that team, to learn from him and say, ‘Listen, you know what to do if there’s something I’m missing. You’ve been through this, show me the way,’ ’cause how big a as I am, how long will you stay with him. There is no one else who can help him because of his talent, as I said before. You just said I mean there’s no shortage of talent and it’s just this format.”

“So it’s something, that he has to figure that out and a really good person to talk to would be DK, because he’s probably been through a similar situation where teams, captains and coaches always brought him back every few years. But it does. never happened to him and it took so long for him to get to the stage where the team or you know most of the world gave up on him but he didnt give up and he came back so better if he learns it now in rather than when you know he’s reaching the age of DK,” he added.

Karthik hit 46 runs off 21 balls in the third T20I as India failed to chase a 228 run goal and 178 was thrown out in 18.3 overs. Initially, an unbeaten ton by Rilee Roussouw (100* off 48 balls) propelled South Africa to 227 for three in 20 overs.


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