Rishabh Pant Admits Struggle in T20Is
India wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant expressed his desire to bat in the top order in T20Is while admitting that his T20I numbers are not great and that with time and age on his side, he would get better in the shortest format.
Despite Rishabh Pant’s Test heroics, he has not been at his best in white-ball cricket for India for the past few years post the retirement of former Indian captain MS Dhoni. This is ironic as Pant came into the limelight following his heroics with the bat in the U-19 World Cup and IPL 2018. He has been playing Test cricket with a limited-overs mindset and his strike suggests that. But for some unknown reasons, he has not been able to emulate his Test performances in the shorter versions of the game- ODIs and T20Is.
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For someone who is a natural stroke maker and prefers attacking the opposition bowlers in T20s, Pant has still not found a way to score runs for India. He was preferred over Sanju Samson on most occasions and most recently in the three-match T20I series in New Zealand, which did not sit well with many cricket pundits in the cricketing world. The reason is his dismal record in T20Is for India. Since making his debut in 2017, Pant has played a total of 66 matches, but could only score 987 runs, which includes three half-centuries.
“Yes My T20I Numbers Are Not Great,” Says Rishabh Pant
Ahead of the start of the series decider- the third ODI between New Zealand and India, Pant was talking to the broadcasters and he was questioned about the drastic difference between his red-ball and white-ball careers. Pant admitted that he still hasn’t found his groove in T20Is, but also stated that it would be wrong to start comparisons at this stage of his career.
“I would choose to bat in the top order in T20Is, number 4-5 in ODIs and in Test I am batting at 5. Yes, the game plan changes when you are batting lower down the order but at the same time you have to bat where the team wants you to. There is no need to premeditate in ODIs, only in T20s you need to premeditate. I don’t look at numbers, yes my T20I numbers are not great but I am still 25 and there is time to compare,” Rishabh Pant told the broadcasters ahead of the third ODI against New Zealand.