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‘Was he not told that his methods weren’t aligned with what team wanted?’: Chopra calls Pant’s final day tactics ‘odd’


Former India player Aakash Chopra said that Richab’s TrousersIndia’s attacking approach in the second inning of the WTC final against New Zealand had a lot to do with overconfidence against the swinging ball or his attempt to do justice to his reputation as a game changer.

Despite the loss of the wickets at the other end, Pant continued to attack the New Zealand seamstresses. Most of the time, the Indian wicket batsman couldn’t make contact, but that didn’t stop him from sticking to his approach.

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“Pant’s approach on the last day was either a reflection of his faith (or lack thereof) in his skills against the swinging ball, or perhaps he was locked in a cage of his own reputation. We saw him do all kinds of incredible things with the bat. Who could dream of scooping up James Anderson in tests or Jofra Archer in white ball cricket? “Chopra wrote in his column for ESPNCricinfo.

With that said, Chopra found that Pant’s repeated attempts to get out and hit the sewing machine were a little “weird.”

“However, we have never seen Pant dance with a fast bowler, even in white ball cricket. He prefers to play from the fold or go further into the fold. Therefore, his exit seemed a little strange. Wasn’t he told over lunch that his methods didn’t match what the team wanted? Or was there really a plan to stay aggressive, which meant the batsmen needed to find ways to accumulate runs in tough conditions? ” He wrote.

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The attacking left-hander was effectively out after he threw himself onto the track and tried to get Trent Bolt through the middle of the wicket after getting the top edge.

“They could have started the last day with the idea of ​​speeding up the result, but the double wickets of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujar baffled them already in the first hour. Ajinkya Rahan never looked level-headed, and Rishab Pant continued to take risks; he was lucky that he was not lost at dinner, ”Chopra wrote.

However, the former Indian national team player did not forget to remind everyone that the same methods brought Pant success in Australia, as well as in his home series against England.

“Pant has allowed India to hope and believe ever since he returned to the test side. The submissions in Sydney were full of bravado. The one who followed him, in Gabba, will go down in history as one of the best among Indians.“ The century of Pant against England was is dedicated to controlled aggression – serving a person who has reached the age of majority in test cricket, ”said Chopra.

“He started leaving a lot of deliveries alone, stopped playing against spin or swing, and showed how much aggression can do with controlled damage. Not only was he an Indian version of a hitting goalkeeper like Adam Gilchrist, but he also allowed India to do it. field five bowlers without worrying about their depth. “



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