Batting coach Vikram Rathour is too tired of answering questions on young batsman Rishabh Pant’s rollercoaster journey at every media interaction. Pant, the 22-year-old who’s the team’s first choice white-ball wicket-keeper, has been under the scanner for sometime now despite receiving strong back from the team management. Also Read - Rishabh Pant's Acrobatics Impress Virat Kohli During 4th Test at Motera | WATCH VIDEO
Pant has so far played 15 ODIs, and scored only 346 runs. He made 71 in the first ODI against West Indies in Chennai last December and followed it up with a quickfire 39 in Visakhapatnam. Also Read - Inside Yuvraj Singh-Hazel Keech’s Rs 64 Crore Sprawling Apartment in Mumbai- See PICS
“Rishabh Pant, I think we have spoken a lot about him and every press-conference I do, I face a question about him. He’s a good player. Everybody agrees on that,” Rathour said on Sunday during a media interaction in Mumbai. Also Read - Bhopal Cricketer Gets 5 Litres of Petrol as Award For Winning Man of The Match, Picture Is a Hit Online!
“He’s working hard on his fitness. He’s played some useful innings lately. So, lot of work. He’s practising hard, so hoping he comes good, becomes more consistent, Rathor added.
Rathour also lavished praise on Shardul Thakur for his batting skills, saying he gives an option in the late batting order. Thakur played match-winning cameos in the series deciding ODI versus West Indies at Cuttack and third and final T20 against Sri Lanka in Pune.
“It’s all his good work (and) I’m not doing anything. He’s somebody who can bat-all of us knew that. The last couple of games he got the opportunity to show what he can do. So, he gives you a great option in late order,” said Rathour.
India played six different batsmen at number three position in last six T20 games. Would the hosts follow the same in ODIs?
“We did that in T20s, because we were willing to give them some game time. So, against Australia in the first game, well start with our best XI. And I think everyone will bat according to tried order. And as the series goes, well see if we can experiment and try something different,” he explained.