Suresh Raina for Rishabh Pant – People thought it was the temple bell, nobody was going to play

Team India wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been in the news for the past few months. A critic of his poor form and shot selection, Pant is now widely acclaimed worldwide. The way Pant batted in Australia and then in his home series against England, he stopped talking to all the critics. Pant was not so good last year, he should have been out of the limited overs team, but he never missed a chance to come back and won the heart with his strong performance. Former Team India cricketer Suresh Raina also commented on Pant’s criticism in a playful manner.

In an interview with Hindustan Times, Raina said: ‘Nobody was treating him like an hour at the temple and was walking away. From his first trip to Australia, it seems he wants to hit every ball. In England, he wanted to hit a six off every delivery of Jack Leach. If such stroke players get hit, you have to support them.

Raina added, ‘Brian Lara would say that when the time is good, such players score runs and when the time is bad, we need to understand how much power a player has. Rishabh Pant needs to be supported and skipper Virat Kohli did the same. Pant will play for Team India for at least 10-15 years.