IND vs NZ: “It’s About Giving…”- VVS Laxman Reveals Why India Is Backing Rishabh Pant Despite His Failures
IND vs NZ: The third and final ODI game between India and New Zealand has been washed out due to rain. And it was the Black Caps that ended up winning the three-match ODI series 1-0 after facing a T20I series loss. For India, this series has given a few things to consider for management. Overall, it was a great learning curve for the players who got chances in the absence of seniors.
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But the major concern that occurred on this tour and has become the talking point is the form of young wicket-keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. The left-hander played in all six games (T20Is and ODIs) on this tour but couldn’t cross the 15-run mark in four innings; he played across both series. Pant registered scores of 6, 11, 15, and 10 and looked rusty. However, despite his form, he has been getting consistent chances in playing XI, which was criticised by some former players and cricket analysts.
IND vs NZ: VVX Laxman reveals the reason why India is giving regular chances to Rishabh Pant
Sanju Samson, on the other hand, only played one game on this tour, which raised more questions about Pant’s place despite his failures. Samson played the first ODI and scored 36 runs off 38 balls. Pant hasn’t had good numbers in recent times. He also played two games in the T20 World Cup, including the semi-final. But he only scored 3 against Zimbabwe and 6 against England. India’s stand-in coach, VVS Laxman finally breaks his silence and opens up on the reason of India backing Pant. In a discussion on Prime Video, Laxman said,
“It’s about giving them opportunities and also informing them whenever they aren’t picked. Pant has been doing well at no.4, not too long ago he scored an important century at Old Trafford and it’s important to back him. T20 cricket has given batters more confidence about clearing the grounds no matter how big the outfields are, they also work a lot with the range-hitting.”
India will not fly to Bangladesh for three ODIs and two Test matches starting on December 4. Laxman will go back to his regular job as a chief at the NCA. Rahul Dravid will be back as India’s head coach. Pant is back in the series, while there is no place for Samson in the team.