Despite having all the talent in the world, Rishabh Pant has the tendency to throw his wicket away in crucial situations and according to former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, the young man should learn the art of keeping things simple from his skipper Virat Kohli.
India were in a great position to chase down a massive total in the first T20I in Brisbane and Pant was going strong, but an ill-advised stroke saw him lose his wicket as India surrendered the match.
"The Australians should count themselves extremely lucky to have won at Brisbane. India was taking the game away when a poor shot by Rishabh Pant tilted things the hosts' way. Pant is an exceptional talent and is the future of Indian cricket," Ganguly wrote in his column for Times of India.
'I am sure Pant will learn with time'
"His run-scoring ability, that too all around the wicket, is remarkable. But one thing he quickly needs to learn from his captain Virat Kohli, who is such a fine example of this concept, is how to keep the game simple. I am sure with time, Pant will learn," he further added.
After having received a thrashing in Brisbane, the visitors came back strongly in Melbourne and the bowlers were very impressive as they kept things tight and even picked up wickets. This improvement impressed Ganguly who was mighty pleased with the intent shown by the bowlers.
"India must be feeling very disappointed to have missed out on a chance to square the series after rain washed out the second T20 against Australia at Melbourne on Friday. It was a good toss to win and the Indian seamers utilised the conditions very well, and took advantage of the weaknesses of Australian batting. The Indian fast bowlers excelled in Melbourne MCG and it wasn't surprising that Bhuvi was the pick of all the bowlers in such conditions," Ganguly added.
However, the former skipper is not very pleased with the schedule as he believes that the frequency of matches is too tight which will have a taxing effect on the players. He said that the conditions for all the three matches will be different and that this was the challenge one faced in Australia.
"India go to Sydney for the third T20 but I am indeed amazed by the schedule! Three games over just five days in Australia is tough, especially when flights are so long in Australia," he said.