Rishabh Pant
A picture of Rishabh Pant during a training session is included in this file.


In response to Rahul Dravid’s criticism of Rishabh Pant, Salman Butt gave his opinion.

Management plans to speak with Pant on his shot selection, Dravid said.

Indian head coach Virat Kohli has the support of former Pakistan captain Salman Butt.

Rahul Dravid’s recent remarks against India wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant drew a response from the former Pakistan captain.

A level of chats will be had with wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant by the team’s management, according to India’s head coach Rahul Dravid. In the second innings of India’s loss to South Africa in the Johannesburg Test, Pant was removed for a duck after nicking a delivery after trying to smash it over additional cover. Fans and analysts slammed Pant for this, leading to a barrage of criticism. “We know that Rishabh is a positive player and that he plays in a specific way that has led to his success. It’s simply about the timing of the shot, you know, and so we will have chats with him about that. It’s unlikely that anyone will tell Rishabh he shouldn’t be a positive or aggressive player. To a query after the game, Dravid replied: “Sometimes it is just choosing the timing to do that.”

In response to a question from a fan on his YouTube channel, former Pakistan captain Salman Butt supported Indian coach Virender Dravid’s claim that he will meet with Pant.

Pant had been told by him (Dravid) that he would speak to him. Why would you ever want to do such a thing? Perhaps he was answering a question when he made this statement. For him to say something like this without being asked would have been awkward, but I don’t think he would have said something like that. His answer to the question “would you talk to him about Pant?” implies that he was asked about Pant. Butt went on to remark that “any coach would agree on this.”

“If you keep stepping out so openly, keep getting out in three-four consecutive series, and you aren’t contributing much to the team’s success, the captain and coach are going to talk to you. He went on to say, “It’s his job to talk to the players and address things.”

“Pant has been sending me a lot of messages lately.” His demotion has nothing to do with his skill set or ability to contribute to the club; it has everything to do with making the most of a player of his caliber. You don’t want him to go to waste because of the skills he has.”

“He has been playing with some of the top-notch players of the world—with his (Test) captain (Virat) Kohli, too, and Rohit Sharma as well,” Butt said in response to another fan’s question on when Pant would “grow” as a hitter. Then, it’s only a matter of time. With some people, though, it may take some time. Some athletes mature slowly, while others mature quickly. In other words, let’s hope it happens sooner rather than later.

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