Rishabh Pant’s prospects of making India’s selection for the 2022 T20 World Cup have become the most talked-about issue in the cricket community. Many have ruled out the teenager for the major event in Australia later this year due to a poor result with the bat in the just finished home series against South Africa. In the midst of this controversy, India head coach Rahul Dravid made a significant comment about Pant’s prospects of making the World Cup squad.
Pant, who led India to a 2-2 tie against South Africa in a five-match T20I series that was called off due to rain on Sunday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, scored only 58 runs in five innings for India with a strike rate of just 105.
More than his run total, it is his same kind of dismissal that has raised concerns about his inclusion in the India T20I squad.
Dravid, on the other hand, emphasised on Sunday that Pant is a “major” and “integral” part of India’s plan in the run-up to the T20 World Cup in Australia.
“He would have preferred to score a few more runs, but it is unimportant to him. Certainly, he is an important component of our plans for the next months “During the post-match news conference, Dravid stated.
The former India captain confessed that he will not judge Pant solely on one series and emphasised the value of a middle-order batsman of Pant’s calibre.
“I simply don’t want to be judgmental. In the middle overs, you need players to play somewhat more attacking cricket, to take the game on. It’s often difficult to gauge it based on two or three games “explained the head coach
In fact, Dravid reminded detractors of Pant’s 158-plus strike rate during IPL 2022, when he scored 340 runs for Delhi Capitals.
“I believe he had a decent IPL strike-rate, despite the fact that it may not have appeared so on averages. He appeared to rise up a little bit (in terms of averages) in IPL, and he was probably on those figures three years ago. We’re aiming to attain such figures from him at the international level.”
“In the process (of playing an aggressive style), he could go wrong in a few games, but with the power he possesses and the fact that he is a left-hander, which is vital to us in the middle overs, he played some excellent hits,” he added.