Yuvraj Singh backs Rishabh Pant in times of trouble

Pant has been drawing flak for failing to grab his chances and getting out to rash shots despite being given a long rope by the Indian team management.

Yuvraj Singh has asked the management, coach and the captain to understand Rishabh Pant's psychology in order to get the best out of him. (File Photo)   -  K.R. DEEPAK

Rishabh Pant is facing the music after a string of poor performances recently. The left-hander found support in former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh.

“I really don't know what is happening with him (Rishabh). Why so much unnecessary criticism? Somebody needs to get the best out of him,”  said the southpaw.

Yuvraj's comments come after the youngster drew flak for throwing away his wicket multiple times, despite numerous opportunities to try and reinvent his approach.

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“How one manages that also depends on his (Pant's) character. You need to understand his character, psychology and work like that and if you are going to suppress that then you can't get the best out of him,” he added.

Pitching for Pant, Yuvraj, who announced his retirement from international cricket recently, added, “Somebody needs to understand him and encourage him. The problem in our country is the moment a guy is not doing well everybody starts criticising him. I would rather talk to him and understand what's happening than attack him." He called on Indian skipper, Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri to be patient with Pant and guide him through the slump.

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Yuvraj's comments come from experience. Citing his own example, he said, "Unfortunately there was no one to tell me. Today young guys are getting a lot of money and somebody needs to tell them how to go about their lives. The guy (Pant) has a lot of potential.”