What Kumar Sangakkara would like Rishabh Pant to do

Former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara feels it is important Pant understands what his role is in terms of helping his captain ahead of the World T20.

Rishabh Pant in action for India against Bangladesh on Thursday.   -  AFP

Yuzvendra Chahal came on in the sixth over of the second T20I against Bangladesh at the SCA Stadium in Rajkot on Thursday, and struck at once. Or so he thought. Liton Das had been beaten after charging a long way out of his crease, and Rishabh Pant had whipped the bails off. The third umpire ruled, however, that the wicket-keeper had gathered the ball in front of the stumps.

Liton was on 17 then. A little later, he was put down at square leg by Rohit, who had a lot of ground to cover to complete a high catch. Das was finally run out for 29, after some smart work from Pant, breaking an opening stand of 60.

Former Sri Lankan skipper and MCC president Kumar Sangakkara feels it is important Pant understands what his role is in terms of helping his captain, especially with the World T20 around the corner.

Neat and tidy

“As a wicketkeeper, it’s important to be neat and tidy behind the stumps which will give him confidence and put him in a better position to help his captain in calling for reviews,” Sangakkara told the host broadcaster during the second T20I.

“It’s important for him to keep things simple and understand his weakness. Once he is able to work on these areas he needs to strategise and plan, because for him right now he needs to keep things simple and not be under pressure,” he added.

“It’s also important for someone to talk to him on his batting and keep him off the pressure and let him be free with his game,” the former captain added.

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