India vs Australia 5th ODI Delhi: Young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant drew flake from all corners for his shoddy glovework in the fourth ODI against Australia, resulting in a heart-wrenching loss for Team India despite piling on a mammoth 358 on the board. Pant not only missed tough chances but also failed to convert those easy ones which hurt hosts badly as Ashton Turner played a whirlwind knock of unbeaten 84 off just 43 deliveries in Mohali.
Several fans and cricket enthusiasts demanded MS Dhoni’s immediate return to the Indian team after looking at Pant’s skills and average show behind the stumps. India bowling coach Bharat Arun on Tuesday said “it is unfair to compare the newcomer to a legend”. Speaking to the media on the eve of the fifth one-dayer here in Feroz Shah Kotla, Arun said the team is focussed on trying out combinations ahead of the England-Wales World Cup
“Unfair to compare Pant and Dhoni. Dhoni is legend, his work behind the stumps is exemplary. When Virat needs someone to talk to, he is a huge influence on the team,” said Arun ahead of the series decider here Wednesday.
Arun was all praise for all-rounders Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav, the duo has presented a strong case for themselves to clinch the remaining World Cup spots with some standout performances with both bat and ball.
“Vijay has gained in confidence, batted brilliantly, be it No.4, 6 or 7. The confidence from batting rubbed onto his bowling. He is touching 130 (kmph) and is looking a lot more confident.
“Kedar has also done the job on many occasions. But I have told my bowlers that as long as you don’t let him bowl, you have done a good job,” he smiled.
Also, speaking on Virat Kohli’s batting down the order in the Mohali ODI, Arun said, “This is the only time we can try combinations. Kohli has been absolutely successful at No.3 and we are trying options before the World Cup.
“Definitely there are certain areas we need to address both in batting and bowling. We have been thrown in areas we need to work on and that is a great learning experience before the World Cup.”
(With PTI Inputs)