Wednesday, April 17, 2024

We don’t expect hundreds in ODIs from Pant, says Indian team batting coach

Indian team’s batting coach Vikram Rathour doesn’t expect swashbuckling wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant to smash hundreds in one-day cricket. 

After Pant won India with his bat at Gabba, fans have often been frustrated at his inconsistency. 

Speaking to The Week magazine, Rathour outlined Pant’s role in white-ball cricket. 

“He will be a finisher at number five or six, he knows that. Nobody is pushing him to get a hundred in ODIs. He will always be an impact player and if he is consistently getting 40-50 and winning it for the team, then that is fine,” he said.

Rathour also pointed out Pant’s sudden growth as a player which has reflected in his playing attitude.

“He has suddenly grown up”, said Rathour.

“Rohit and Dravid are in the saddle now, and he knows he is an important player in the India setup…. He has now matured as a player. He is getting better and better, but there is still a long way to cover,” he further added.

In 30 Test matches for India, Pant has registered 1,920 runs with four tons. In ODI cricket, he has scored 715 runs in 24 games, including five fifties.

Meanwhile, in T20I cricket, the swashbuckling player has smacked 683 runs in 43 games.

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