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‘Somebody needs to get the best out of him’ – Yuvraj on Pant

Yuvraj Singh has urged India’s team management to get the best out of Rishabh Pant by ‘understanding his psychology’.

There has been a lot of criticism directed at Pant regarding his reckless approach while batting, but Yuvraj says suppressing the youngster won’t help either.

“Somebody needs to get the best out of him,” Yuvraj told NDTV.

“How you get the best out of him is completely based on his character. You have to understand his character, you have to understand his psychology, and you have to work like that. If you’re going to suppress him, you’re not going to get the best out of him.”

The 21-year-old is India’s first choice wicket-keeper in limited overs cricket in Dhoni’s absence. He has been a regular part of India’s Test side and currently has two Test hundreds to his name as well.

But his recent form with the bat has taken a nosedive as he has only one fifty-plus score in nine innings across all formats and couldn’t do much in the recent T20I series against South Africa.

In a recent interview with Star Sports, India head coach Ravi Shastri said Pant had let the team down with his reckless shot selection.

But Yuvraj feels Pant has the talent, highlighting his Test hundreds in England and Australia.

“That guy has got two away Test hundreds. He has a lot of potential. He is an outstanding talent. Someone should know how to read him, how to encourage him, point him [towards] what he needs to focus on.

“At the moment, the thing is in IPL, the young guys are getting a lot of money. So somebody needs to tell them how to go about their business and tell them what is their priority. Somebody really needs to talk to them,” he remarked. 

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