Rishabh Pant is currently leading India in the ongoing 5-match T20I series against South Africa at home. Leading the team for the first time, Rishabh Pant couldn’t help the team register a win in the first game of the series. In the last innings he batted at the number four position and managed to score a vital knock of 29 runs in 16 balls. Lately, he has been getting good starts but couldn’t quite convert those starts into big scores.
Legendary Australian skipper, Ricky Ponting has labeled Rishabh Pant as an outstanding cricket and reckons that he could be dangerous on the pitches in Australia ahead of the 20-20 World Cup. For Ponting, Pant will be a man to watch out for in Australia.
“He [Pant] is a wonderful player. He is just an outstanding young man, who has got the world at his feet. And he’ll be exceptionally dangerous for India, especially on the wickets we’ll provide in Australia…. good flat, fast, bouncy wickets. He’ll be one of the players to watch out [for] in the tournament [T20 World Cup] for sure,” Ponting said on ICC Review.
Ponting further added that Pant can be used as a floater in the Indian team. Ponting suggest that number five should be an ideal position for Pant to bat on.
“I reckon having him as a floater. I’ll probably have him listed at (No.) 5 in the [Indian] batting line-up.
“But in certain situations, where it gets to a stage where there are seven-eight overs to go and they are one-two down, then I will look at sending him in and giving as much time as I possibly can. He is that dynamic and that explosive and that is certainly the way I would look at trying to use him,” Ponting said.
Rishabh Pant got solid starts in the Indian T20 League 2022 but wasn’t able to convert those into big scores. The Delhi skipper managed to score 340 runs in 14 matches in the Indian T20 League 2022 at an average of 30.91.
“He probably didn’t have his best tournament. I know he was really frustrated with his IPL this year because he went into the tournament batting better than I’ve ever seen him bat before. Ricky Ponting added.