Former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar has come up with a plan to help Rishabh Pant overcome his batting woes. Bangar has suggested a change in Pant’s batting position after the batter’s consistent failures in the middle order. The former cricketer has said that Pant can be sent to open the innings for India rather than continuing with him in that middle order.
Bangar cited the example of Sachin Tendulkar to explain his tactic. The former batting coach has said that he has been thinking about this idea for three years now. “I’ve been thinking about it for three years. If you look at Sachin Tendulkar’s career, he hit his first century in his 75th or 76th innings when he was asked to open the innings against New Zealand after batting largely in the middle-order,” Sanjay Bangar said on Star Sports.
The 49-year-old further explained how promoting Pant can benefit India. He said that having Pant at the top of the order will allow India to maintain the left-right combination and also hoped for Pant to play a Gilchrist-like role for India.
“Right now, the Indian team is looking at a left-right combination. Yes, Ishan Kishan is doing good right now, but if the Indian team is eyeing a left-right opening pair for the long term, Rishabh Pant can do the same job that someone like Adam Gilchrist did for Australia,” Bangar added.
Notably, Rishabh Pant is struggling big time to aggregate crucial runs for his team batting in the middle order. In the recently concluded T20I series against South Africa, Pant scored just 58 runs in four matches in the series at an average of 14.50. He lost his wicket chasing outside off-stump deliveries in all four games. Even in IPL 2022, Pant failed to play a big inning of his caliber and threw his wicket away on crucial junctures.