Taking note of Rishabh Pant’s uninspiring performance in the T20 match against Bangladesh, BCCI has decided that odd-even scheme will apply to Pant as well. Though not official yet, the decision was taken after Team India’s loss to Bangladesh in the first 20-20 match. The idea received Sourav Ganguly’s nod too.
Sources say that team management was not happy- in fact livid- at the wicket keepers performance and felt that the youngster should play in alternate matches so that other probables also get a chance.
Social media was abuzz after teams loss and Rishabh got bulk of the criticism from fans, who once again questioned his place in the team.
“The only argument in his favor is that he is young and he needs time. But he should realize that he is not Rahul Gandhi and we can’t wait endlessly We have Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson and even Karthik to replace Dhoni. Something needs to be done,”tweeted a fan on social media.
Many questioned Rishabh Pant’s selection in the playing eleven. “He is not a replacement for Dhoni. Bad wicket-keeping, terrible running between the wickets, wrong DRS calls and nothing that would redeem him from his disasters on-field. I fail to understand what elicits the comparison. Considering all factors, the management has now decided to apply the odd-even scheme to Rishabh Pant as well. He will play only odd matches and for even we can have other probables in the team,” revealed a selector under condition of anonymity.
There were rumors that Pant too was feeling the heat and team mates have seen Bank PO study material in his cricket kit. Apparently, the wicket-keeper too feels that a career shift in banking could be a fall back option in case.