The former India cricketer has claimed that the wicketkeeper-batsman showed signs of panic in stressful moments while leading the Delhi Capitals during IPL 2022. Jaffer is confident that 24-year-old Pant will recover in due course.
“Yes, we have seen that in the IPL. Anyway, I think the better he goes, the better. But right now, at this point, I think he’s a little scared when the match is over, “Jaffer told ESPNcricinfo in an interview.
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With the hosts trailing 2-0 in the five-match series, the current limited overs series has gone out of hand for Team India, Jaffer said. The Man in Blue can’t take any slip-ups in the remaining three games as the defeat means they will have to lose the series so the hosts will always be on thin ice.
He said, ‘To some extent, the series has gone out of India’s hands. Because if you are trailing 2-0 in the five-match series, even if there are minor errors in the next match, I think India will have to play. Great cricket from here. Regardless of the coin toss, the highest score should be scored, “Jaffer added.
Pant could not lead the batting as he scored 29 and 5 in the first two matches, but the former cricketers were happy with his captaincy.
Former India cricketer Ashish Nehra, speaking on CricketBuzz, criticized Pant’s bowling strategy in the second T20I. The former left-arm fast bowler claimed that spinner Akshar Patel should have been brought into the game earlier as two right-handed batsmen, Temba Bavuma and Henrik Klaassen, were not set.
“The changes in the playing XI depend on the situation in Vizag. You have to see Rishabh Pant too, he stopped Akshar Patel for so long. There were two right-handed batsmen at the time. I don’t see any reason why Akshar Patel was not given an over at that time, “said Nehra.
India’s spin bowling was not good in the first two matches. Yuzvendra Chahal and Akshar Patel both failed to take wickets in the middle overs, resulting in the game slipping out of their grasp.
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