Team Management has given many chances to Rishabh pant. But he has failed to score runs and impressed the selector. Rishabh pant continues to his poor form in all three formats. He always gets out by a poor shot selection. Now team Management is looking to another wicket-keeper batsman as a backup. Now Team Management wants Wriddhiman Shah over Rishabh pant as a wicket-keeper batsman in the first test against South Africa.
“The selectors are in a mood to give one final chance to Pant in the first Test, but the team management (coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli) want Saha to play from the start of the series itself,” the report said.
“The problem is, Pant’s lack of success with the bat is hurting his confidence while keeping wickets too. His DRS reviews aren’t great. In Indian conditions, on turning wickets, he may struggle. Saha is a far better ‘keeper than him, and get a few useful runs lower down the order too,” the source stated.
While defending his take on Rishabh Pants struggles, Ravi Shastri said, “Don’t say team management, I spoke about ‘the rap on the knuckles’. If someone goofs up, I have to pull them up. Am I there only to play tabla? But this guy is world-class; this guy can be destructive, can be a destroyer. And we will give him all the support that he needs to prosper in international cricket.”
“Pant is different; he is world-class and is a brutal match-winner. Very few around in the world game; I can’t pick five on my hands when it comes to white-ball cricket, T20 cricket. So the patience we will have with him is a lot. All your media reports and all the experts writing (but) Pant is in great space with this Indian team. Experts, they have a job, they can speak. Pant is a special kid, and he has already done enough. And he is only going to learn. This team management will back him to the hilt,” Ravi Shastri told Hindustan Times