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Zaheer Khan points out similarities in Rishabh Pant’s captaincy and batting: Likes to think out of the box


Former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan has pointed out the similarities in Rishabh Pant’s captaincy and batting saying that the wicketkeeper relies heavily on his instincts.

Pant is currently the skipper of India in the T20I series vs South Africa (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Zaheer Khan feels that Pant follows his instincts far too much
  • The former Indian pacer heaped praise on Pant’s attitude towards the game
  • Pant is currently leading India in the T20I series against South Africa

Former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan has pointed out the similarities between Rishabh Pant’s captaincy and batting style, saying that it is always about two extremes when it comes to the wicketkeeper.

Pant is currently captaining the Indian team in their T20I series against South Africa. Initially, KL Rahul was supposed to be the skipper for the series. However, an injury ruled Rahul out of the five matches against the Proteas and the selectors decided to give the captaincy to Pant.

After a shaky start to his first assignment as the skipper of the national team, the 24-year-old has helped India to bounce back and level the series 2-2 heading into the final game on Sunday.

While speaking to Cricbuzz about Pant’s captaincy, Khan felt that the Delhi wicketkeeper tries to think outside of the box and relies heavily on his instincts. He said that the 24-year-old will need to find that balance when it comes to making extreme decisions.

“When he scores runs, people talk about him. When he doesn’t, people still talk about him. There’s a similar style of pattern in his captaincy. We have to give him time. He likes to think out of the box. He tries to follow his instincts far too much. He likes to take a lot of chances. He has to find that balance when he makes extreme decisions. It’s just like his batting,” said Khan.

The Indian legend went on to praise Pant’s attitude towards the game and said that the wicketkeeper would get better with experience.

“One thing that stands out about him is that he is very serious about his cricket. That no one can question. He is very passionate about the game. He wants to do things at a rapid pace. With time, he will get what he wants because he knows where he is headed,” said Khan.



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