Team India defeated New Zealand by 73 runs at the Eden Gardens ground in Kolkata on Sunday to win the three-match T20 series 3-0. While some positives emerged from the team led by Rohit Sharma, the batting order in the middle order once again disappointed. Meanwhile, former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has warned India’s young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant. Speaking to ESPN Cricinfo, the former Kiwi spinner said that Rishabh Pant’s current form in T20Is has been a cause of concern for the Indian team.
Daniel Vettori further said that if the Delhi Capitals captain does not find his rhythm in this format, then the Indian selectors can consider giving a chance to another player in his place.
Daniel Vettori warns Rishabh Pant
Indian middle order batsmen were seen struggling after the dismissal of captain Rohit Sharma in the third T20I match played in Kolkata. It was expected that Rishabh Pant would handle India’s faltering innings, but he returned to the pavilion on the score of just 4 runs after playing a bad short. Earlier, Rishabh Pant had registered scores of 17 and 12 runs in the first two T20Is played in Jaipur and Ranchi respectively.
Vettori told ESPN Cricinfo, “His pace is not good in T20 cricket. He hasn’t fully understood his role, especially in this series. I think he tends to be more careful sometimes, while in some matches he takes a very aggressive approach. Still he is not clear about his proper role in T20 cricket. The great batsmen of T20 cricket seem to have a rhythm while batting and I think Pant needs to improve that.
Vettori cautioned Pant that he needs to find his rhythm at the earliest, otherwise the selectors may include Ishan Kishan or KL Rahul as the wicket-keeper batsman and Pant could be dismissed.
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