Vikram Rathour on Rishabh Pant: the role of Rishabh Pant will be “extremely important” for India led by Virat Kohli: Vikram Rathour
Rishabh Pant’s role will be “extremely important”: Vikram Rathour | Photo credit: AP
Since Rishabh Pant scored the winning points in the fourth and final decisive test between India and Australia, at The Gabba, Brisbane, to help India win the Series 2-1 on Australian soil, the player 23-year-old was in demand. Pant, who was seen as MS Dhoni’s replacement in all formats, once again won the confidence of the Indian youth, who are planning a long run for him in all formats for the Men in Blue.
While Pant missed the series opener against Australia, he regained his place for the last three encounters to return as India’s top runner in the Border-Gavaskar Down Under Trophy, with 272 runs including a 97 in Sydney and a winning match. unbeaten 89 in Brisbane. Pant’s attention has now shifted to the next round of four-game testing against England, starting on February 5.
Heading into the home series, batting coach Vikram Rathour believes Pant’s progress and his overall role will keep India high in the Whites. “His role will be extremely important in the future. We always thought he was one of the outstanding players, ”Rathour said in an interview with the Hindustan Times.
“He had a rough time last year or so. But he worked hard, trained hard. We all believed (that) in his day he was a match winner. In the last two games, he proved it. Being a left-hander is definitely an advantage (for the team). ” He added: “Regarding his entry into the XI (purely) as a batsman, the decision will be made on that day when the question arises.”
It will be interesting to see if Pant regains his place in the limited rosters during the white ball formats against England in March. He’s been out of action, since early 2020, with KL Rahul rising quickly behind the stumps, also playing the crucial batsman role at No.5. For now, Pant looks certain to keep wickets in the first test. against England, in Chennai on February 05.