In the fourth T20I vs New Zealand, India selected Sanju Samson ahead of the Pant and played him as a specialist batsman. This does not go well within the Cricket World and Former Indian Opener Virendra Sehwag.
Sehwag criticised the move on the talk show on Cricbuzz, “Rishabh Pant has been left out how will he score runs? If you bench Sachin Tendulkar also, he won’t be able to score runs. If you feel he is a match-winner, why don’t you play him? Because he is not consistent?” saying that by not giving Pant the chances, he cannot be expected to come good and score runs for you.”
Rishabh Pant, the youngster with audacious shots and breath-taking hitting ability, was inducted into the squad just after the Cricket World Cup 2019 and in a span of few months after that he was an all format wicket-keeper batsman for India. Selectors and Cricket Pundits termed the youngster an able replacement for MSD. Pant came into the team as an impact player who can win the matches single-handily with the bat along with his keeping skills in the progress. But 6 months later, Pant now finds himself in the squad but out of the playing XI across formats.
The youngster has been given numerous chances across formats in the period but Pant never came close to make the spot his own in any format. A fit again Wriddhiman Saha replaced him behind the stumps in the Test setup and a concussion injury to him opened the gate for KL Rahul the Wicket-keeper batsman in limited overs format.
To make matters worse for the youngster, KL has done little mistake to justify the move and has ended India’s search for a Wicket-keeper batsman at least for upcoming few months. KL has been scoring heavily in white-ball formats with little faults behind the stumps, makinghimself an automatic choice in both ODIs and T20Is.
Sehwag also added that management should talk to the youngster clearly about what they are planning of. “During our time, captain used to go and talk with the player [in question]. Now I don’t know if Virat Kohli does the same or not. I am not part of the team setup. But people say that when Rohit Sharma went to Asia Cup as captain, he used to talk to all the players,” Sehwag was quoted as saying.