Rishabh Pant, who works in India, has been under the scanner of a series of failed trips in the format of Limited Amounts. 2022 hasn’t been so great for the 25-year-old. He may have scored his first ODI point for England a few months ago, but his numbers in the shortest form certainly raise the question of his place in the team.
Lately, he has not been in the best shape. He had an underwhelming T20 Globalism Cup, he scored 3 and 6, against South Africa and Zimbabwe, respectively. His bad patch continued in New Zealand as well. He took 6 and 11 in the T20Is and scored a 23-ball 15 in Friday’s first ODI which India he lost by 7 wickets.
A string of failures has now questioned his place in the Indian dressing room. Many experts had already seen that Sanju Samsun should be given more chances now. Former India player Akash Chopra believes that if Pant does not perform in the ODIs for New Zealand and Bangladesh, the selectors may need to make a call on the white-ball’s future.
The selectors named it [Pant] as vice-captain. Since he is Duan’s deputy, he will be given two more chances in the series. But what will happen next? That’s a big question. Even if he doesn’t play well, it’s time to fight back. Should we continue with it or start moving on? Chopra said in his latest YouTube video.
What is happening now is that everyone is looking at him as a special player, a talented player who has the X-Factor. But in white-ball form, it has not lived up to its reputation so far. In Tests, even at present, he is the best wicket maker not only in India but all over the world. Only the big speculators played such brilliant roles as he. But it is also a fact that he did not perform well in ODIs and T20Is to justify the chances he was given. Although it is part of the next round [Bangladesh] And also if he doesn’t perform, the selectors will have to think about him.”
Pant has played a total of 25 T20Is this year so far and can muster just 364 runs, including a lone half-century. He collected single digit scores on 8 occasions and no hits in 4 games. While in ODIs, he took 326 runs in 10 games, including fifty-two runs and a ton.