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“Rishabh Pant should bat like Andre Russell in T20 cricket,” says former India head coach Ravi Shastri

Ravi Shastri advises Pant to smack it from first ball itself, if it's there to be smacked

The former India head coach Ravi Shastri thinks that the Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant should bat like Andre Russell in the T20 format of the game and should just start playing the big shots straightaway after his arrival at the crease.

In the last couple of seasons of the IPL, it seemed as if Rishabh Pant was starting to curb his natural instincts a little bit and was playing opposite to his nature, but in the ongoing IPL 2022, Pant has looked to give the ball a whack straightaway from ball one.

Although Pant has not really played a big knock in this IPL, Ravi Shastri, who was speaking as an expert on ESPNCricinfo, thinks that the left hander should continue with the approach of going after the bowlers from ball one because it’s his natural approach.

Ravi Shastri had made different observation on Pant when he was the head coach of India

It’s an interesting observation from Ravi Shastri because when he himself was the head coach of India and Rishabh Pant had got out playing a couple of rash shots, he had said that Pant should be ready for “rap on the knuckles” if he continued to play like that.

But, as a pundit and as an expert, Shastri seems to have a slightly different opinion, as he thinks Pant should just go for it in the shortest format of the game and shouldn’t curb himself at all.

While Rishabh Pant has maintained a very good batting strike rate for Delhi Capitals this year without playing a big knock, it would be interesting to see his approach when he comes back to play for Indian T20I team. It would also be interesting to see if the current Indian management allows him to play with the approach of hitting from ball one.

Rishabh Pant will most likely be India’s first choice wicket-keeper in the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year, even though Dinesh Karthik’s name is also doing the rounds after his wonderful performances in the IPL this year.


I write a bit on cricket and I am more interested in technical and tactical side of the game, rather than bravado.
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