IND vs SA: ‘He Likes To Think Out Of Box’: Zaheer Khan Lists Out Similarities Between Rishabh Pant’s Batting And Captaincy

After KL Rahul was injured before the first T20I and was ruled out for the whole series, the Indian team management delegated leadership to Rishabh Pant, a young wicketkeeper/batsman. After acquiring leadership responsibilities last year, the 24-year-old is the captain of the Delhi Capitals in the IPL.

He has also led Delhi on the local circuit. However, he was selected captain of the Indian squad for the first time in the South African series, and despite a dismal start, the teenager had a few reasons to rejoice as India mounted a miraculous comeback to pull level with the Proteas. 

Rishabh Pant (Image Credits: Twitter)

Pant was chastised for not making full use of Indian bowlers in the first two matches, but he made some shrewd bowling adjustments in the latter two, which also worked in India’s favour.

IND vs SA: 'He Likes To Think Out Of Box': Zaheer Khan Lists Out Similarities Between Rishabh Pant's Batting And Captaincy

Rishabh Pant Overly Reliant On Intuition: Zaheer Khan

Former Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan believes Pant’s captaincy is overly reliant on his intuition when it comes to leadership. The star of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning team saw parallels between the stumper’s hitting and leadership, noting that it’s always about two extremes with him. 

Rishabh Pant (Image Credits: Twitter)
Rishabh Pant (Image Credits: Twitter)

“When he scores runs, people talk about him. When he doesn’t, people still talk about him. There’s a similar style of pattern in his captaincy. We have to give him time. He likes to think out of the box.

He tries to follow his instincts far too much. He likes to take a lot of chances. He has to find that balance when he makes extreme decisions. It’s just like his batting,” the 43-year-old said on Cricbuzz. 

Rishabh Pant Very Passionate About His Game: Zaheer Khan

Zaheer, on the other hand, lauded Pant’s dedication toward the game and predicted that with time, he will improve as a cricketer. 

Rishabh Pant PC- BCCI
Rishabh Pant PC- BCCI

“One thing that stands out about him is that he is very serious about his cricket. That no one can question. He is very passionate about the game. He wants to do things at a rapid pace. With time, he will get what he wants because he knows where he is headed.” 

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