Rahul Dravid On Rishabh Pant: India’s head coach Rahul Dravid has made it clear that wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who has been criticized for his poor form, is a “big” and “integral” part of preparations for the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year. .
Rishabh Pant, who led Team India in the five-match T20 series against South Africa, could only manage 58 runs in five innings, raising questions about his place in the T20 team.
However, Dravid clarified that Pant will remain in the team. “Personally, he would have scored a few more runs, but it is not related to him,” Dravid told a press conference after the series was tied 2-2 due to rain in the fifth match. That’s a huge part of our plans in a few months.”
The head coach’s opinion was clear that he would not judge a player on the basis of any one series, be it batting or captaincy. Dravid said, “I don’t want to take a critical approach. There is a need to play a little aggressive cricket in the middle overs. Sometimes it is difficult to assess on the basis of two or three matches.”
In fact, Dravid was impressed by Pant’s strike rate of over 158 during the IPL, in which the wicket-keeper batsman scored 340 runs for Delhi Capitals, which was not up to the mark.
Dravid said, “I think his performance in IPL was very good in terms of strike rate, even if it was not looking good in terms of average. In IPL he wanted to do better (in terms of average) and maybe three years ago he got a good average by scoring a lot of runs. Will be successful.
Regarding Pant’s captaincy, Dravid feels that he played a good role in getting the team back after losing the first two matches of the series. Dravid said, “It was a good performance to get the team back from 0-2, level the series 2-2 and create opportunities for victory. Captaincy is not just about winning and losing. He (Pant) is a young captain and is learning. It is too early to assess them now and it cannot be done after one series.
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