“Learn from Virat Kohli,”- Sourav Ganguly suggests Rishabh Pant
"I am sure with time, Pant will learn."
Published - Nov 25, 2018 11:46 am | Updated - Nov 25, 2018 5:29 pm
Not everyone is worthy enough to impress Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian skipper. Ganguly, who during his tenure as the Indian captain helped India ‘rise from the ashes’, is rated highly in world cricket. A legend of the game himself, Sourav often, and rightly so, comes up with words of wisdom for the youngsters of Indian cricket. This time he had some words of advice for the young Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant.
The 46-year-old disclosed that he is impressed with the flamboyant Delhi boy, who is said to be MS Dhoni’s replacement in the future, but also added that Pant needs to learn “how to keep the game simple” from the current Indian captain, Virat Kohli.
“Pant is an exceptional talent and is the future of Indian cricket,” Ganguly wrote in his column for The Times of India (TOI). “His run-scoring ability, that too all around the wicket, is remarkable. But one thing he quickly needs to learn from his captain Virat Kohli, who is such a fine example of this concept, is how to keep the game simple. I am sure with time, Pant will learn,” he added.
Sydney will provide a different challenge
The batting maestro, with over 18,000 International runs to his name, also showed his disappointment about the scheduling of the ongoing India-Australia T20I series and opined that three T20Is in a span of just five days, on foreign soil, won’t be easy to win for India. “India go to Sydney for the third T20I but I am indeed amazed by the schedule! Three games over just five days in Australia is tough, especially when flights are so long in Australia,” wrote the former left-hander.
India and Australia will play the final T20I of the series in Sydney on Sunday, and according to Ganguly, the SCG will have the flattest pitch of the three venues. “Sydney will provide a completely different challenge, as it will be the flattest of all the three pitches. Generally, touring teams expect it to spin in Sydney but as this is still early in the season, I don’t think that will be the case,” he remarked.
Sourav counts Australia as lucky to somehow take the game home in the first T20I at the Gabba in Brisbane a few days ago. “India were taking the game away when a poor shot by Rishabh Pant tilted things the hosts’ way,” he wrote.
Moreover, Ganguly added that this Indian team is capable of beating Australia in any format. “Had we got a full game at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) and had India won in those conditions, the hosts would have been under huge pressure in the final game because this Indian team is capable of winning not only the T20s but also the Tests and ODIs against this Australian side,” Dada, as Ganguly is fondly called, concluded.
~ Written by Nahmat Maeraj