Rishabh Pant is probably facing the most serious challenge to save his spot in the Indian team.
His reservoir of goodwill has been exhausted and it looks like he is on trial.
The message from the BCCI seems to be – Perform or Perish!
After all, he is no longer a youngster.
Pant has struggled to show any kind of consistency in white ball cricket this year.
He has always been on the heavier side. Now, his lack of fitness has caught up with him and resulting in a dodgy knee and back injuries.
No wonder, the selectors have dropped him for India vs SriLanka Series.
Instead, they have asked him to train hard at NCA in Bengaluru.
“Without any doubt he is one in generation kind of player. But unfortunately his form this year has been disappointing in both ODI’s and T20’s.”
“The coaching staff wants him to be more fitter and agile. He has been asked to train at NCA”, confirmed top source in BCCI.
In T20s, he has already lost his place to Ishan Kishan & Sanju Samson, which is a sign of things to come.
In ODI Cricket, Ishan Kishan has stolen a march over Pant with a double century. Even KL Rahul will be Pant’s competition as he can keep wickets.
Pant has only himself to blame! Look at his stats for 2022.
Test Cricket: 7 Matches / 680 Runs / 61.81
ODI Cricket: 12 Matches / 336 Runs / 37.33 (125 came against England)
T20 Cricket: 25 Matches / 364 Runs / 21.41 / 52*
Pant’s worst form was in T20Is.
His average and strike rate nosedived, which came as a shocker to his fans.
For now, the BCCI medical team has recommended a strengthening and conditioning session for Pant as he will play a massive role in Border Gavaskar Trophy.
Well, there is still hope left for the talented left hander but he needs to make it count fast.