The record is just a number. My white ball numbers aren’t that bad.’
PICTURE: Rishabh Pant suffered another bust, scoring just 10 points in the third ODI against New Zealand, in Christchurch, on Wednesday. Photo: Joe Allison/Getty Images
Under huge scrutiny for his poor form in limited overs cricket, dashing wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant insists his white-ball numbers are “not that bad”.
Pant has been horribly out of shape in limited overs cricket this year, scoring just one fifty in the shortest format way back in February against the West Indies, passing the 30-run mark only twice in the 21 innings he played. 2022.
In ODIs, the 25-year-old scored two fifty and one hundred in the nine innings he played this year.
“…the record is just a number. My white-ball numbers aren’t that bad, okay,” Pant told official broadcaster Prime Video on Wednesday ahead of the third and final One-Day International against New Zealand, in Christchurch.
In comparison, Pant was at his best in the Test format and boasts centuries in England, Australia and South Africa.
He said he doesn’t believe in comparisons at this point in his career. “Comparisons don’t make sense right now. I’m only 24-25 years old. If you want to make the comparison, maybe you can do it when I’m 30-32. Before that, the equation doesn’t make sense to me,” said a visibly angry Pant.
India’s vice-captain for the current series against New Zealand, Pant suffered another failure, scoring just 10 in the third ODI on Wednesday.
Speaking of his preferred batting position in limited overs cricket, he said: “I would choose to open in T20Is, number 4-5 in ODIs and in Test I’m batting at 5. Yes, the game plan changes when you’re hits lower in the order, but at the same time you have to hit where the team wants.
“It is not necessary to meditate premeditated; only in T20s do you have to premeditate.