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Daniel Vettori warns Rishabh Pant of losing his spot if his woeful form continues


India’s young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has long been criticised for his inability to maintain consistency in his batting approach. Every now and then, it feels like he is throwing his wicket away.

No matter how the situation is, a batsman is supposed to understand his role and play accordingly. However, it has never been the same case with Rishabh Pant during the passage of the play. Many may argue that Pant has back to his best after his exploits in the Border Gavaskar Trophy in Australia. As it turned out, his form started to decline as the game progressed.

Cricket experts, former cricketers have advised Pant to come good. However, the reality is that Pant is still on the learning curve. It seems that it is going to take him a lot of time to get back to his best.

Talking about his international career, he has represented Team India in 25 Tests, 18 ODIs and 41 T20Is. The southpaw has scored 1549 runs at an average of 39.72 in Tests, including 7 fifties and 3 centuries. The wicket-keeper batsman scored 529 runs in 18 games at a batting average of 33.06, including 3 fifties. The 24-year-old talented cricketer scored 623 runs in T20Is, including 2 fifties to his name.

Daniel Vettori warns India’s wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant

Meanwhile, former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has come up with a word of advice for Pant followed by a warning. The veteran reckons Rishabh Pant hasn’t yet understood his role in the Indian cricket team. The 42-year-old warned Rishabh Pant of losing his place in the Indian team if his poor batting form continues. Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, he said Pant completely lacks clarity and flow’ in his approach.

Although he has been petty decent behind the wickets, his batting form is a matter of concern. The former New Zealand cricketer said, “He hasn’t got his tempo right in T20 cricket. He hasn’t quite understood his role, particularly in this series. Sometimes he is overly cautious, then he is reckless. It doesn’t feel like there is a flow to his game.”

“When you see great T20 batters batting well, it is all about flow and momentum and you just feel a rhythm to it. He hasn’t quite got that yet.” Pant helped Team India with small cameos in the first two T20Is against New Zealand.

However, fans saw his old version of him getting dismissed cheaply. He departed for just 4 runs while he tried to play a lofty shot. Meanwhile, Vettori added, “I will be surprised if they (team management) don’t talk long and hard about what they expect from him.

But, the onus is on Pant to find that right tempo. The reality is, if he doesn’t, they can look elsewhere. “They have Ishan Kishan and KL can keep wickets as well in T20. They will give Pant the opportunity to find his rhythm, knowing that they can change pretty quick as well.”

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