NZ VS IND: VVS Laxman, the interim head coach, explained why Pant continues to receive support after a streak of subpar performances. The Sanju Samson vs. Rishabh Pant controversy has been raging for a while.
But it got going after Samson was benched for India’s second ODI match against New Zealand after playing brilliantly in the first match. After so many rumors, India’s interim coach VVS Laxman gave his opinion on the developing situation.
And explained why the team kept supporting Rishabh Pant. Rishabh Pant has been playing for a long, and while his hundreds in Australia, England, and South Africa helped him establish his domination in Test matches.
The wicketkeeper-batter has not been able to replicate that success in the white-ball limited-overs format. He has 865 runs at an average of 34.60 from 30 ODIs, so it’s not like his record in those matches is bad, but his T20I statistics are less spectacular.
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Additionally, Pant has consistently been chosen ahead of Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan in the battle for a berth in the starting XI. Laxman, however, eventually stepped up and clarified why the team’s leadership continues to back Pant despite a string of dismal results.
Giving them opportunities and keeping them informed when they aren’t chosen are key. Pant has been doing well at number 4. And it’s crucial to support him after he recently struck a significant century at Old Trafford.
Before the third ODI between India and New Zealand began in Christchurch. Laxman said on Prime Video that T20 cricket has given batters more confidence about clearing the grounds regardless of how large the outfields are.
They also work a lot with range-hitting. Pant’s place in India’s starting XI has drawn more criticism after Samson was added to the squad. The 28-year-one-day-old’s international career has gotten off to a fantastic start. With 330 runs scored from 11 games at a fantastic average of 66, including two half-centuries. However, Pant frequently makes the starting XI while Samson is forced to sit out.
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Tim Southee has served New Zealand admirably throughout the years as a bowler with a unique talent for regularly taking wickets. Southee achieved a big personal milestone in the third One-Day International against India. Moving up to third place among Blackcaps ODI wicket-takers.
With two kills on Wednesday, the right-armer has now claimed 204 ODI wickets in 149 innings. He passed retired all-rounder Chris Harris, who had 203 ODI career wickets. Legendary New Zealander Daniel Vettori leads the record with 297 wickets in 291 ODIs. Kyle Mills is second with 240 takedowns in 170 ODIs.