Talent or no talent, you can’t let the team down: Ravi Shastri on Rishabh PantRavi Shastri has spurred on the talented Rishabh Pant to do a better reading of match situations while trusting his playing style and not repeat the heat-of-the-moment mistakes which he has committed in the past.advertisement India Today Web Desk DharamsalaSeptember 15, 2019UPDATED: September 15, 2019 22:53 IST There will be a rap on the knuckles there – talent or no talent: said Shastri (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant is currently the leading choice to keep wickets for India after MS Dhoni taking a backseatHowever, Pant, has often flattered to deceive with his poor shot selectionCoach Ravi Shastri wants him to improve on his shot selection so that he can become the devastating player he shouldIndia coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli have issued a clear diktat to young wicketkeeping sensation Rishabh Pant on his shot selection as the team gears up for the T20 World Cup in 2020 in Australia. Pant in his short international career, who burst onto the scene after his IPL heroics, has often come under the scanner due to his impatience as he often tends to go for his shots with complete disregard to the situation.For example, during the recent 3rd ODI against West Indies in Port-of-Spain, Pant skipped down the track against bowler Fabian Allen off his 1st ball with India needing 164 runs to win off 22.3 overs, ending up losing his wicket.Referring to the same incident, Shastri said in an interview to Star Sports: “When you see a shot like the one in Trinidad, off the first ball, [it’s disappointing]. He tries to repeat it a couple of times and gets out, he will be told.””There will be a rap on the knuckles there – talent or no talent – because you are letting the team down, forget letting yourself down. You are letting the team down in a situation where you have the captain at the other end. You have a target to chase where the need of the hour is some sensible cricket,” added the coach.Shastri, though expressed his confidence in Pant and reiterated that he will learn to correct his shot-selection sooner rather than later and once it happens, ‘he could be unstoppable’.advertisement”No one will change his style but match awareness becomes crucial, shot selection becomes crucial in particular situations. If he can fathom that out, he could be unstoppable. You mentioned how many games [it would take], it could be one game, it could be four games. I don’t see more than that. He will learn. He has played enough IPL cricket. So it’s time now for him to step on to the stage and just show the world how devastating he is,” concluded Shastri.Also Read | Steve Smith breaks his own record of scoring most runs in a series this centuryAlso Read | Even I did not get 15 chances to prove myself: Virat KohliFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow Ravi ShastriFollow Virat Kohli Next
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