SA vs IND: ‘Need to have conversations with Rishabh Pant on timing of his shots’ says Rahul Dravid – Rahul Dravid, Team India’s head coach, stated on Thursday that he has to speak with wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant about his shot selection.
Dravid’s comments came following India suffered a seven-wicket defeat to South Africa in the second Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. Pant had lost his wicket in the second innings while trying to go over the top, and he was out for a duck. “In the sense that we know Rishabh is a positive player who plays in a specific way that has led to his success. But, of course, there will be instances when we will have a level of conversations with him about, you know, the timing of that shot. Nobody will tell Rishabh he can’t be a positive or aggressive player. It is sometimes necessary to choose the appropriate time to do so.” said Dravid while replying to an ANI query during a virtual press conference.
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“When you’ve just arrived, it’s best to give yourself some more time. We know what we’re getting in Rishabh; he’s a really positive player who can change the course of the game for us, so we’re not going to take that away from him and ask him to become something completely different. It is all about determining when the best time to attack is. He is learning, he plays in a certain style, but he will continue to learn “He continued.
SA vs IND: ‘Need to have conversations with Rishabh Pant on timing of his shots’ says Rahul Dravid
Dean Elgar scored an unbeaten 96 to lead the hosts to a 7-wicket victory, tying the three-match series 1-1 with India. After a weather delay, play resumed on the penultimate day of the Test match, with South Africa starting the day with an overnight score of 118/2. South Africa was comfortably led home by Elgar and Bavuma, with the captain striking the winning runs as the hosts levelled the three-match Test series at 1-1.
“Dean Elgar performed admirably, and he deserves to be recognised. He hung in there, both Test matches, fought through some difficult situations, and we beat his bat quite a few times. We’ve beaten the bat; we’ve simply been unlucky. He deserves credit for sticking it out there, despite not looking particularly comfortable, and demonstrating resolve to fight his way through. As I already stated, he had remarkable courage in continuing to fight “Dravid stated.
“We knew from the beginning we’d have to do something exceptional to grab those eight wickets, especially with South Africa needing 122 to win on the final day. We knew the outfield was moist, and that the ball would get wet as well. Because the ball became damp, it most likely did not swing much. But credit to South Africa’s hitters, who performed admirably. They cashed in whenever bad balls were bowled. We were excited to go out there and give it our all, but South Africa played better on the day “He continued.
(With ANI Inputs)