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Ajit Agarkar Feels Too Much Criticism Putting Unnecessary Pressure On Talented Rishabh Pant

Former Indian pacer Ajit Agarkar feels that the young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is receiving too much criticism. Agarkar believes that too much criticism is putting unnecessary pressure on Pant.

Many cricket experts believe that the 21-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is a very talented cricketer. At the early stage of his international career, Pant has also shown his potential.

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After making his international debut in February 2017, Pant has already played 11 Tests, 12 ODIs and 19 T20Is. In Test cricket, Pant has already hit two centuries and both were at the overseas venues. His first Test century (114) was against England in the fourth innings of The Oval Test in September 2018.

Rishabh Pant (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Around four months later, in January 2019, Pant hit his second Test century (154*) against Australia at Sydney.

However, in recent times, Pant has struggled hugely to score big runs consistently. Though the left-handed batsman is mostly getting the good starts, his poor shot selections are destroying these opportunities. Many have even claimed to drop Pant from the national squad.

But, Ajit Agarkar still has enough confidence in this young wicketkeeper-batsman. He feels that some poor T20 knocks can't deny his impressive batting quality.

Ajit Agarkar (Image Credit - AFP)

Agarkar told ESPNcricinfo, 'I cannot believe that there is so much talk around a guy who has two Test hundreds away from India and who can play impactful innings. T20 can sometimes get you into trouble because you have to play shots and the ball was there to be hit, only the execution was not probably to what he would have liked.'

India can take pressure off Rishabh Pant - Ajit Agarkar

Ajit Agarkar believes that too much criticism is unnecessary for Rishabh Pant. The former pacer also feels that Pant can play at down the order than the no.4 batting position as he believes that it will allow Pant to play more freely. Agarkar further advised that Shreyas Iyer could play at the no.4 batting position.

Rishabh Pant (Image Credit: Google)

Agarkar added, 'You also need to decide what you need from him. Do you want him to be a number 4 batsman who bats through the innings or you want him to be that impactful player and you are ready for those sorts of dismissals? But there is too much talk of it. Maybe Shreyas Iyer, who has shown some good form, can come at No.4 and Pant could be dropped down the order and be asked to play freely. India can take pressure off him. There is some unnecessary pressure put on that guy who is very young in his international career and has the potential to win games for India.'

Since the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 , Rishabh Pant has managed to cross the 30-run mark for only once out of nine international innings. Apart from scoring a match-winning 65* against Windies in Providence T20I, Pant has mostly disappointed with the bat.

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