Team India vice-captain Rohit Sharma has once again come out and backed Rishabh Pant to shine and asked the Indian media to not talk much about the wicketkeeper-batsman. Rohit, much like before, replied to a journalist’s question on Rishabh by asking the media to leave him alone much like the team management does and that will bring out the best in the southpaw.
“We leave him alone and we allow him to play with freedom, and as the team management, we are prepared to do that. And I am going to ask you the same question, are you prepared to do the same?” Rohit asked.
“Let Rishabh Pant be Rishabh Pant and he will come out and give you those performances. I’ve said it in the past many times that leave Rishabh Pant alone and he’ll give you those performances,” Rohit said when a question was asked on the wicketkeeper-batsman.
Rohit went on to add that Pant has done extremely well recently and he will continue to do well as long as the media doesn’t put any added pressure on him.
“He can only go from strength to strength. There is no looking back for him. So far he has done exceptionally well from Australia to the home series against England recently, he’s performed really well,” he said.
“I don’t see anything stopping unless you guys (the media) stop putting pressure on him,” the opener added.
Pant has been in very good form recently and has played a major role in India’s triumph Down Under and a comeback win against England at home. In the seven Tests he has played across the two series, he has amassed 544 runs including one century and four half-centuries.
Not only that, Pant’s glovework behind the stumps has improved immensely and that was up for show in the England series, where he kept exceptionally well to R Ashwin and Axar Patel on turning tracks. He affected five stumpings and grabbed 14 catches in the process as well.
The 23-year-old’s strong showing also got him a place in India’s limited-overs squad against England for the five-match T20I series and he may well return to the XI if India decides to end the KL Rahul experiment and play a regular keeper and swashbuckling finisher ahead of the World T20 in India this year.
India will next play a game on Friday when the first T2OI of the five-match series against England will go underway at 19.00 IST from the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.