Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir has weighed in with his opinion on the much-talked about topic of Rishabh Pant’s batting position in limited-overs formats especially in T20Is.
The debate surrounding Pant’s batting order has started doing the rounds because of his contrasting performances in red-ball and white-ball cricket. While Pant has done extremely well in Tests, he has struggled in ODIs and T20Is.
In recent times several former India players have urged the Indian team-management to try Pant as an opener in limited-overs cricket. The Indian team-management duly obliged by trying out the highly-rated player as an opener during the T20Is against England earlier this month.
In the succeeding ODI series, the southpaw came out to bat at number four and he delivered by scoring a stunning match-winning century in the series-decider.
Gautam Gambhir on Rishabh Pant’s batting position:
While there has been a lot of noise around Rishabh Pant’s batting position in ODIs and T20Is, Gautam Gambhir has said that the youngster should be given the liberty to choose his batting position.
The World Cup-winning batsman warned that even the legendary Sachin Tendulkar could not do well when his batting position was changed by former coach Greg Chappell.
“When Sachin Tendulkar batted at No.4 (from mid-2005 till the 2007 World Cup), people wanted him to open the innings,” Gautam Gambhir told The Telegraph.
But (then India coach) Greg Chappell wanted him to bat at four, so you can never be satisfied as there is too much of conjecture in these aspects. But I would just let Pant play wherever he is playing at the moment and not tinker with his batting position,” added Gautam Gambhir.
Pant will be in action next when India take on West Indies in the five-match T20I series that starts later this month. Prior to the T20Is, both the teams will play a three-match ODI series but Pant has been rested for that.