Asia Cup 2022: Wasim Akram, Ravi Shastri, Gautam Gambhir question Rishabh Pant’s shot selection against Pakistan

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Asia Cup 2022: Wasim Akram, Ravi Shastri, Gautam Gambhir question Rishabh Pant's shot selection against Pakistan
Asia Cup 2022: Wasim Akram, Ravi Shastri, Gautam Gambhir question Rishabh Pant's shot selection against Pakistan

Asia Cup 2022: Wasim Akram, Ravi Shastri, Gautam Gambhir question Rishabh Pant’s shot selection against Pakistan

Asia Cup 2022: Former cricketers Ravi Shastri, Wasim Akram and Gautam Gambhir have criticised Rishabh Pant for his poor shot selection during India’s five-wicket loss to Pakistan in the Asia Cup.

Shadab Khan removed Pant when he attempted a reverse sweep, which experts deemed to be somewhat impolite.

The wicketkeeper-deliberate batter’s action and shoddy execution resulted in Asif Ali’s dismissal at a vital time as the ball went straight into his hands at backward point.

“Rishabh Pant will disappointed because that’s not his shot. His shot is probably hit over long-on or deep mid-wicket, you end up hitting over there and get out, absolutely you can take it because that’s your strength. Your strength is not reverse-sweeping,” Gambhir told Star Sports.

Asia Cup 2022: Wasim Akram, Ravi Shastri, Gautam Gambhir question Rishabh Pant's shot selection against Pakistan
Asia Cup 2022: Wasim Akram, Ravi Shastri, Gautam Gambhir question Rishabh Pant’s shot selection against Pakistan

India ultimately lost the Super 4 game, which played on Sunday.

Known for his power-hitting abilities, the southpaw should have avoided the reverse shot during the middle overs, according to legendary Pakistani bowler Akram.

“Especially at that stage of the game, there was no need to play that shot. I know he plays that shot in Test cricket. I know he is one of the top players in world cricket. But at that stage of the game, that shot wasn’t required,” Akram said.

The Indian innings was off by skipper Rohit Sharma and opener KL Rahul on an aggressive note, hammering boundaries and sixes at free. Former India coach Shastri said Pant should have paid attention to where the opening pair got their runs from.

“Particularly after what he saw Rohit, Rahul and others were doing. Where were the runs coming? It was down the ground and in the V. It was a beautiful pitch, hats off to the groundsmen, the ball was skidding on to the bat.

“That’s his strength, he can smack it. No boundary is big for Rishabh Pant if he connects it, but that’s his area. Absolutely, right,” Shastri concurred.