India’s head coach defended Rishabh Pant, the young Indian wicket-keeper batsman, who has been under criticism for not performing well with the bat lately. Pant has been inducted in the side in place of MS Dhoni due to which he has immense responsibility on his shoulders to maintain the legacy.
Shastri talked about Pant and said, “Nothing, just tell him that you are young and nobody expects you to learn everything in one day. You are bound to make mistakes, but as long as you sit down and think about ways to rectify those mistakes, you know that is what this game will teach you.”
"You are not going to be a superstar in one day. You will have your ups and your downs. That is life, but the more you work harder, the more the sacrifices you make, the better you will become," added Shastri. Pant has so far managed to score only 229 runs in 10 ODIs and he averages only 19.88 in 23 innings.