Rated as one of the most exciting talents of the next generation, India’s young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has made name for himself with his skill, talent and audacity to play big strokes against the best in the business. Despite being blessed with skill to excel at the highest level, Pant has not yet performed as per the potential. His average of 26.71 and 20.52 in ODIs and T20I respectively speak about his struggles in the white-ball format. Also Read - Coronavirus Pandemic: No Pay Cut For South African Cricketers For 2020-21 Season Despite Growing Concerns

Former Aussie spinner Brad Hogg has somewhat tried to decode Pant’s struggles in international cricket and feels the young keeper will be better off with a mind coach to see him through this phase. Hogg also believes Pant has got ‘too much talent to know what to do with’. Also Read - Tim Paine on India Series: Presence of Steve Smith And David Warner Will Make Australia Tough to Beat



“Definitely, I turn on my television when Rishabh Pant comes to the crease, the entertainer,” said Hogg. Also Read - England Cricket Board (ECB) Bans Players From Wearing Smartwatches in Field of Play, Tighten Anti-Corruption Regulations

“His issue is he has got too much talent to know what to do with. He could do with a mind coach, a lot of great sportsmen use them. It is all in the mind for him,” Hogg added.



The former player spoke during an interactive session with fans on Twitter on Wednesday where he was asked if Pant could become one of the best wicketkeeper-batsmen in the world.

Pant’s inconsistency has led to him losing his place to the in-form KL Rahul in India’s limited overs team. In the two Tests in New Zealand, Pant, who was preferred over the more experienced Wriddhiman Saha, had scores of 19, 25, 12 and 4.

Saha and Pant have been the two options used by the Indian team in the two formats. But Rahul’s form with the bat and big gloves in recent times meant he has made the position his own.

Last year, Australian great Adam Gilchrist advised Pant to work on improving his own game and being the best version of himself and not try to be a Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Another former Australia wicket-keeper Brad Haddin had suggested that Pant should make his own identity and not be under pressure to copy someone else’s style.