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‘We all know how Virat Kohli showed great confidence in Pant during his captaincy’ | Cricket

Virat Kohli’s youth Rajkumar Sharma offers an interesting assessment of India’s performance in the recently concluded One Day International (ODI) series against hosts New Zealand and lashed out at one of the star performers of the Shikhar Dhawan-led side for his mediocre run in the limited-overs format. With veteran gloveman Dinesh Karthik making way for first-choice wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant, powerhitter Sanju Samson was asked to warm up the bench for most of the New Zealand series.

Samson’s non-selection in the third and final ODI of the New Zealand series also sparked a major debate on social media. While Samson was kicked out of the playing XI, wicket-keeper batsman Pant failed to repay the selectors’ confidence in the third and final ODI of the bilateral series. Wicket-keeper batsman Pant scored 10 off 16 balls to complete a forgetful tour of New Zealand on Wednesday.

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Reflecting on Pant’s recent performances while speaking to India News Sports, Kohli’s youth coach Sharma noted that Indian management has given Pant a long rope. Recalling how batting icon Kohli supported the youngster during his memorable captaincy spell, Sharma claimed the Indian southpaw had failed to deliver the goods in white-ball cricket.

“Rishabh Pant’s performance on the pitch was not satisfactory at all. Very unfortunate, because the team management has given him a long rope. We all know how Virat Kohli showed great confidence in Pant during his captaincy. And even after that he kept getting many chances. Although he has done quite well in red ball cricket, he has failed to perform in white ball cricket,” said Sharma.

Sharma thinks Pant should return to domestic cricket after his thin spot. After a series of forgetful punches in New Zealand and Australia (World Cup), Pant hopes to return to goal-scoring ways in India’s upcoming assignment against Bangladesh. “There’s no harm in going back and playing domestic cricket if you’re not in shape. It’s always better to work on your bases if you can see you’re struggling to take shots. He should play and then make a comeback to the national team,” Kohli’s youth coach added.


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