Team India captain Virat Kohli backs wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh pants to play his natural game to attack the bowlers in Test cricket.
In the last few years since MS Dhoni stopped playing international cricket, Pant has regularly received criticism, either over his batting technique or with his role the gloves behind the stumps, and critics have failed to blow the young man.
Virat Kohli says the play of Rishabh Pant does not have to be a very defensive role
In the first Test against England at Nottingham, Pant got in good contact with him and quickly got a few runs when he scored 25 off 20 balls, hit three fours and a six, which came from Ollie Robinson’s bowling.
Robinson, however, later claimed his wicket when the south leg went towards the bowling’s extra deflected delivery to clear the fence, but eventually grabbed a catch for Jonny Bairstow in the deck area.
Kohli said this is how Pant is used to playing, and wherever there is a chance to win the game, he will go into attacking mode.
“It’s basically how he plays. He has the ability to continue and play a long innings this way. It does not necessarily have to be a very defensive role; if the situation begs the question, he is intelligent enough to understand. If we wanted to save a game, you would not see him play those kinds of shots. “Wherever there is a 50-50 situation and he can change the game, he will take the chance,” Kohli said during a virtual press conference.
Virat Kohli expects Rishabh Pant to change the momentum of the game
Pant was the architect of India’s historic chase in Brisbane, where they lifted the trophy after defeating the Australians 2-1 in the Test series. Kohli said the team expects the wicketkeeper-victim to stand up at times and change the momentum of the match.
“It’s how he plays and it’s who he is. We want him to be like that. From Rishabh we expect him to play the innings that changes the momentum of the game and takes the balance towards us. He will play like that, “he added.