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‘Whether a Big or Small Player, a Mistake is a Mistake’: Former India All-rounder on Rishabh Pant’s Batting Approach

Former India all-rounder Reetinder Singh Sodhi questioned wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant’s batting approach. After losing his wicket by playing a rash shot in the second innings of the Johannesburg Test, Pant is facing a lot of flak from fans and former cricketers for his shot selections.

The southpaw first got a snorter from Rabada that hit his helmet visor when he tried to defend awkwardly, and then he charged to convert a short ball into a half volley. The result was an edge to the keeper.

In the last 13 Test innings, Pant has managed to hit just one half-century, while he got out on a single-digit score six times which includes a duck in Johannesburg.

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Sodhi pointed out the wicketkeeper batter is committing the mistakes repeatedly.

“There was a time when if you played a bad shot and your team suffered because of that, you were made to sit out the next match as a lesson. That is not the case now, he’s your superstar.

“But whether a big or small player makes a mistake, a mistake is a mistake. Pant would have been spoken to a lot and it will not be a huge thing even if he is made to sit out as a lesson because these mistakes are happening repeatedly,” said Sodhi while speaking to India News.

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Meanwhile, former India cricket Saba Karim backed Pant to play the final Test match in Cape Town. He stated that the southpaw is a huge asset to the team and several big players got out playing rash shots.

“He [Rishabh Pant] should definitely play. Has any big cricketer not played a shot like this before and gotten dismissed because of that? It used to happen in a different era, 20-25 years ago.

“This is how you learn. You will have to talk to him and make that player understand, so that learns a lot from this. He is a huge asset to the team. We forget very quickly, would we have won the series in Australia if this player had not made runs,” he said.

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