Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg has advised flamboyant Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant to have a chat with Mahendra Singh Dhoni or KL Rahul if he wants to learn something. Pant has had a lean spell with the bat after a disappointing IPL season at Delhi Capitals, which was followed in South Africa’s T20Is.
The southpaw scored 340 runs in 14 games in IPL 2022 and failed to lead Delhi Capitals to the play-offs. While things get worse for him with the bat in South Africa series as he hit just 58 runs at an average of 14.50.
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Pant led the Indian team against the Proteas in the absence of Rohit Sharma in a five-game streak, which was tied 2-2 after the last game was halted due to ongoing rain.
Hogg said Pant needs to work on his decision making and prevent other players from influencing him.
“One thing he has to do is be more decisive and take control in the middle, not let other players come in and influence his decisions too much,” Hogg said on his YouTube page.
Hogg said he should talk to Dhoni or Rahul to clear his mind, as the left-hander has the ability to do great things for India.
“If he needs to learn something, call MS Dhoni or talk to KL Rahul, get your tips, get out there, go back and do the work. Because if he stands behind himself, we know he can achieve anything,” he added ready.
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Speaking further about Rohit Sharma’s captaincy, the former Australian spinner said it is unfair to compare his record to other captains as the big challenge of the reckless opener will be to lead the Indian team in overseas conditions.
“Captain, captain, captain, always a discussion in India. Especially if they are losing and someone has commented that Rohit Sharma has a perfect record in 2022, he has won 11 matches out of 11. But remember that Rohit Sharma is not out of India as captain this year. So let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s wait for him to hit foreign soil and see how he handles the pressure,” Hogg said.
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