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‘Just let him go out and play his natural game’ – Ravi Shastri on Rishabh Pant

In the five games played so far, Rishabh Pant as scored 144 runs

Ravi Shastri, Rishabh Pant
Ravi Shastri, Rishabh Pant (Image Source : BCCI/IPL)

Former India head coach, Ravi Shastri has said that Rishabh Pant needs to play his natural game. In the ongoing Indian T20 League 2022, the Delhi skipper has had a tough time with the bat so far. In the five games played in the 2022 edition, the left-hander has scored 144 runs, averaging 36 and striking at 146.93. Notably, he hasn’t scored a single half-century in this edition.

Shastri, who is working as a commentator, stated that the Delhi skipper needs to forget the fact that he is the skipper of his team while batting. The former added that the other batters must take responsibility for scoring runs while Pant must play explosively. He further added that if Pant fires with the bat, it would be beneficial for the team. The 2020-finalists have only won two games in the tournament so far.

“What I would like to see with Delhi is Rishabh Pant coming and playing his natural game. Forgetting that he is the captain of the side, just let him go out and play his natural game. Let the others around him take the responsibility, because if he fires it will do his captaincy a world of good and at the same time you will see the results changing for Delhi pretty quickly,” Shastri told Star Sports.

The 59-year-old also said that there is no problem with Pant’s batting at the moment. The former believes that Pant just needs a change of mindset.

“I don’t think there is any problem with his batting. I think it’s just the change of mindset that is needed, where he goes out and gives himself a little bit of time early on and then goes for it. There are no half-measures.

“The Rishabh Pant you know is Rishabh Pant, where there are no half measures. He plays the high-risk shots, he takes his chances and you want him to play in that fashion because that’s what brings out the best in him,” Shastri said


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