Bangladesh Under 19s won by 9 wickets (DLS Method)
Billed as the next big thing of the Indian cricket, wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant hasn’t been able to justify the hype at the International level. While his numbers in Tests are commendable, he is yet to acquire his batting mojo in the white-ball cricket which is evident from his batting averages of 22.90 and 20.70 in ODIs and T20Is respectively.
This situation was recently reviewed by the former Australian cricketer Dean Jones who went forward to call Pant a ‘one-trick pony’. Explaining his comments, the cricketer turned expert added that the 22-year old needs to upgrade his game towards the off-side.
The 58-year old said that Pant is not particularly a one-dimensional player, so he has enough skills to improve his off-side cricket. For this reason, Dean wants Pant to adopt a particular training programme, which can allow him to ameliorate his range.
He also went on to share the example of South Africa’s wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock who improved his game and delivered a stunning show in the T20I series against India. It remains to be seen how Pant fares in his forthcoming assignments.