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“Must be given a break”: Former India all-rounder blasts Rishabh Pant for his batting approach in 2nd Test

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Madan Lal was not happy with wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant’s shot selection.© AFP

Former India cricketer Madan Lal was not happy with wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant’s shot selection in the second innings of the third Test against South Africa at Wanderers. Despite calling the 24-year-old a “match winner”, Madan Lal said Pant “should be given a break”. The wicketkeeper-batsman’s aggressive approach has won India some crucial games in the past, but the same approach got him out for a duck when he decided to go for a quicker shot in the second innings despite India’s upset.

His dismissal drew much criticism with many current and former cricketers, including legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar slamming him for the unnecessary shot.

Madan Lal said the 24-year-old should understand that he has to bat for the team and not himself, adding that the management has the option of bringing in Wriddhiman Saha, who he said was “a sensible batsman”. Were.

“He should be given a break. You have someone like Wriddhiman Saha, who is a sensible batsman, and a very good wicketkeeper. But Pant has to decide how he wants to bat in Test cricket. If he has his mind I have some doubts, it’s better to give him a break. He’s a match-winning player, but you can’t bat like that. You have to bat for the team, not for yourself.”

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After going down 0-1 in the three-match series, South Africa chased down a difficult target of 240 runs to win the second Test by 7 wickets.

The series is now evenly geared up ahead of the decider at Newlands starting January 11.

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