Sunil Gavaskar desires Rishabh Pant to “improve his off-side play” in T20’s so he doesn’t have to be compelled to get in bother making an attempt to “predetermine” his shots.
Gavaskar and Adam Gilchrist believe Pant and Dinesh Karthik will each play within the same team, whereas Matthew Hayden believes just one will feature which must be Pant on larger grounds in Australia for the T20 tournament.
“Rishabh Pant has to improve his off-side play,” Gavaskar told Star Sports once asked to call the one space of improvement he would love to ascertain in Pant.
“He is quite a pre-determined batsman and ends up going for things which aren’t there as a result,” Gavaskar said. “He has to strengthen his off-side play; he can still hit the sixes but once he gets the off-side play, and then he can be unstoppable.”
Former Australian captain, Gilchrist, has stated that Pant is a “must” in the Indian team.
“The dare of Rishabh Pant and the courage for him, the way in which he takes on bowling attacks. I think he’s got to be a must in that Indian line-up. They can play together, but I think Rishabh Pant has definitely got to be in there,” Gilchrist told ICC.
“I would like to see both,” Gavaskar said.Gilchrist too had voiced a similar opinion. “It’ll be interesting to see if they can both play in the same team. I think they can. What they bring to a team… the versatility of Dinesh Karthik, he can play at the top of the order, he can, as he has done more so later in his career, be in the middle and late overs to finish. He has a really nice touch game,” the legendary wicket-keeper batter said.
On the opposite hand, Matthew Hayden doesn’t believe each may be within the same team and selected Pant over DK.