Kohli Appeals For 'space' For Struggling Pant
Muhammad Rameez 2 months ago Fri 06th December 2019 | 12:18 PM
India captain Virat Kohli has come to the defence of under-fire wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant as he seeks a settled team to fight for the T20 World Cup in less than a year
New Delhi, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 6th Dec, 2019 ) :India captain Virat Kohli has come to the defence of under-fire wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant as he seeks a settled team to fight for the T20 World Cup in less than a year.
Pant had been seen as the successor to M.S. Dhoni, now established as one of the country's all-time greats, but pundits have turned on the 22-year-old in recent months.
Pant, already overtaken by Wriddhiman Saha in the Test team, has been criticised for throwing away his wicket as a batsman and some misses behind the stumps.
Kohli said that Pant has to work on his game but insisted that fans who call for Dhoni's return are "not respectful".
"We certainly believe in Rishabh's ability," said Kohli.
"It's the player's responsibility to do well, work hard," the captain added.
"But I think it's a collective responsibility of everyone around us as well to give that player some space to do that.
"If he misses a chance or something, people can't shout 'MS' in the stadium. It's not respectful because no player would like that to happen." Despite the questions over wicketkeeping, Kohli insisted that India, who started a limited-over series against West Indies on Friday, are close to finding their best team for the Twenty20 World Cup next year in Australia.
"T20 is a format where you experiment a lot more things than ODI and Test cricket," so the "risk" is higher, said the captain "As a team you want to give chances to youngsters. So you can't really pinpoint where we stand. Ranking is actually the reflection of the strongest eleven but we haven't really played the strongest eleven together for many games." Kohli is now back with the squad after resting for the T20 against Bangladesh that India won 2-1.