Former India pacer Ashish Nehra feels that the selectors should be more patient with Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. The 22-year-old who went through a rough patch last year failed to make a mark with both the bat and his glovework and was replaced by KL Rahul in India’s previous two limited-overs series.
Reflecting on Pant’s rough patch, Nehra said, “There are a lot of talented players but they should be backed for a longer duration.”
“Today also when we talk about the number 5 and 6 slots in Indian ODI side, then we are not sure about it. KL Rahul is playing on the 5th position and Pant, the person you were preparing to succeed MS Dhoni, is serving water,” Nehra said during a recent interaction with former India opener Aakash Chopra.
“I know he has missed his chances and there is no doubt about it but then you have kept him in the team because you saw the potential in him at 22-23 years,” Nehra added.
After a 3-0 drubbing against New Zealand in the ODI series earlier this year, India skipper Virat Kohli asserted that this format held very little relevance as compared to Tests and T20Is. However, the lanky pacer disagreed with the skipper’s remark, stating that the statement would have been justified if India had won the series.