India’s limited overs Vice-Captain Rohit Sharma on Wednesday asked media to stop pressurizing wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant & said that he will continue giving match winning performances if he is left alone.
Rishabh Pant who often finds himself under immense of scrutiny, has turned his destiny around with some match-winning performances against both Australia & England in recent months. Rohit Sharma, while addressing a press conference ahead of the T20I series against England said that Rishabh Pant can deliver more of the same performances if he is allowed to be himself.
While emphasizing that Pant can only improve from here, Rohit Sharma concluded by posing a question back to the media. “We leave him alone and we allow him to play with freedom, and as the team management, we are prepared to do that. And I am going to ask you the same question, are you prepared to do the same?” Rohit asked.
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“Let Rishabh Pant be Rishabh Pant and he will come out and give you those performances. I’ve said it in the past many a time that leave Rishabh Pant alone and he’ll give you those performances,” Rohit said, responding to a question on the wicketkeeper-batsman.
“He can only go from strength to strength. There is no looking back for him. So far he has done exceptionally well from Australia to the home series against England recently, he’s performed really well,” Rohit added.
“I don’t see anything stopping unless you guys (the media) stop putting pressure on him,” he said.
“The good thing about his game right now is he is starting to understand the game situation, and playing according to what the situation needs, which is good, as it is something that can tick off his personal box,” Rohit concluded before his challenge to the media.
On the basis of Rishabh Pant’s recent form in Test Cricket he has been named in the T20I team. India & England will start their five match T20I series on Friday 12th of March.