Rishabh Pant has not only carved out a reputation for himself as an established batsman in domestic cricket but he has also caught the eyeballs of pundits and fans alike.
Pant’s recent form in the Duleep Trophy hasn’t been satisfying, having just composed a paltry 72 runs from just three games, things are getting a tad frustrating.
The belligerent batsman has encountered a rough patch in his career and is on the learning curve to sort out his woes. According to legendary Rahul Dravid, Rishabh Pant needs to think out of the box to solve the puzzles.
Pant still has a lot of catching up to do to get back his rhythm. The former Indian captain said that Rishabh’s recent dip of form is not a matter of concern as he believes Pant will learn from the experiences.
“I think it’s a balance. It’s recognition of the fact that someone like Rishabh will always be an attacking player. You don’t want to take away his attacking instincts, but you want to inculcate a certain sense of smartness to be able to read situations and recognize situations where the time is hot for you to make it count,” Dravid said as per the quotes from ESPNcricinfo.
Rahul Dravid who is well known to back the youngsters at the best scene took time to share a great deal of experiences with Rishabh Pant.
“I think [in the first four-day game] he got stuck with the tailenders. Again, it is part of his learning experiences and that is the conversation I’ve had with him. When you’re young, you think you have to hit every ball when a tailender is around you. ”
“It takes time and experience to learn [to bat] with the tail. That’s what he is learning. It’s not going to happen overnight,” Dravid said.
Dravid heaped praise on Pant’s ability to send the opposition to cleaners when he is on song. In addition to that, Dravid revealed the chats he had with Pant.
“Experiences like these are good for him even if it doesn’t come off. If he goes back and thinks, ‘were there any other options I could have used rather than the ones I took, that may have helped me play better?’ he’s an improved player.”
“These are the chats we have. He’s a talented kid and good at what he does; he has exceptional skill and exceptional ability. He’ll learn with more opportunities and more games. That’s what these matches are about.”
“I’m not too stressed about results. For me, it’s about if they’re learning from different situations,” India’s U-19 head coach signed off.