johannesburgIndia’s head coach Rahul Dravid said that the team management will discuss Rishabh Pant’s shot selection with him after the seven-wicket loss to South Africa in the second cricket Test on Day 4, as well as the team management backing his natural aggression. Will keep doing
In the second innings, as soon as Rishabh Pant came to the crease, Rasi van der Dussen, standing at short leg, rained words on him. It was even heard from the stump mic that Rishabh Pant has instructed Rasi to keep quiet.
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Rabada bowled the first ball to Pant on which he was beaten. After this, the second ball hit Pant’s body and hit the globs and went towards the slips. Pant’s patience paid off on the third ball and it cost him dearly to go ahead and hit Rabada.
Pant was dismissed for zero in the second innings of the Johannesburg Test. He went beyond the crease to hit a big shot off Kagiso Rabada, but the ball took the edge of his bat and reached the wicketkeeper’s gloves.
There has been a lot of criticism for Pant’s shot in this way when India needed a good innings from him at that time. Commentator Aakash Chopra said that Pant has been kept in the team to bat for him because even Saha would have done the wicketkeeping. Huh. Even if he had hit a six on this ball, then there would not have been much difference in the equation of the game.
Interestingly, Rabada had earlier taken the wicket of two set batsmen. He had run Ajinkya Rahane for 58 and Cheteshwar Pujara for 53. On him, Pant thought of playing an aggressive shot.
Dravid said at a post-match press conference on Thursday, “We know that Rishabh plays positively and that has given him some success. But yes, definitely the time has come when we would like to interact with him. That’s it. It takes a little bit of timing to play that shot.”
The coach added, “No one is ever going to tell Rishabh not to be a positive player, not to be an aggressive player, but sometimes it is a question of choosing the time to do that. I think when you are right now.” Come, maybe give ourselves a little more time, but in the end we know what we are getting from Rishabh. He is a really positive player, he is someone who can change the game for us very quickly , so you naturally don’t want to take him away from him. Sometimes it’s just a matter of figuring out what the right time to attack or maybe playing a little hard time that sets up your game, your The innings progresses and helps the team build innings.”
“He’s learning. He plays in a particular way, so it’s always something he’s going to learn, he’ll keep improving and getting better,” he said.
India were tied with South Africa in three-quarters of the Test match on a challenging pitch characterized by uneven bounce. In the fourth innings, the hosts scored 240 runs to give victory to their team. Captain Dean Elgar remained unbeaten to level his team in the series. Dravid felt that the result could have been different had India won the toss and scored a big total in the first innings.
He said, “It has been a challenging wicket for both the teams. This fourth innings was probably their best innings as well. The wickets have been a bit challenging, I will give credit to the batsmen, but yes honestly we want to do better and do better So a batting unit can grab the crucial moments and when we get partnerships, we can lengthen them a bit.”
60 to 70 extra runs could have been added
“There could have been phases in the first innings where it was challenging, but we were also in a position where maybe 60-70 runs more, it could have probably made a significant difference in this match,” he said.
Dravid said, “So yes, of course we would like to bat a little better. Maybe some of the guys who started out could have converted them into centuries. It was a difference in the first match. We had KL Rahul. , who scored a century and we won the match. In the second match they had someone who took his innings to 96 and he won. So it really shows you the real importance, it’s important on these kind of wickets that One of your batsmen go ahead and make a big score.”
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The former captain said, “It’s not an easy batting position, so if you have one of your batsmen who gets set up and can score a significant score, it definitely adds 60-70 runs to the score, which sometimes ends up being prove the difference.”