When India lost the match against Pakistan during their Super 4 faceoff, Gautham Gambhir slams these players for not using the opportunities to their full potential, unlike Virat Kohli.
Former India Team Batsman, Gautam Gambhir slammed Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav for their irresponsible innings against Pakistan, which according to the legend was one of the reasons why India came short to achieve a target they could defend.
Suryakumar Yadav, the man of the match against Hong Kong and the man Gambhir keeps in high regard was rock bottomed when he failed to perform against Pakistan in both the pressure-cooking matches. SKY just managed 18 in the first and 13 in the second match against Pakistan.
Rishabh Pant also had a point to prove why he should be played before Dinesh Karthik and so far in the tournament has failed to deliver the answer to that question. He scored a disappointing 14 from 12 to end his inning.
With these things in mind, it is safe to say that India came up about a dozen or even more runs short potentially, and faced a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of Pakistan by 5 wickets.
After the match during a panel discussion over Star Sports Gautam Gambhir heavily criticized the innings from Rishabh Pant and SKY and was disappointed by their failure to score runs.
Slamming Pant he said, “Your strength is not reverse-sweeping.” and was backed by former India Head Coach, Ravi Shastri on this point.
He continued to compare these innings with the composed and successful ones from Virat Kohli and how they should see and learn from him.
“See, I like a flexible batting lineup. You can have your set openers, but you need to have flexible No.3 or 4. Yes, Virat has got runs today, the kind of form Suryakumar Yadav is in, once you kind of gets that start, get that tempo, you can probably promote Suryakumar Yadav at No.3, and then probably keep going.
Virat batted brilliantly today, he is going to get better from here on. One thing is these guys like Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant need to learn from Virat Kohli is the way he runs between the wickets.”
He added, “Not every time, you will be able to hit those big shots but the difference between Virat Kohli and the rest of the guys, Surya might have more shots than Virat Kohli, but Virat is never under pressure because of the way he runs, the way he converts ones into twos.
Suryakumar, Deepak Hooda, and Rishabh Pant might not be able to do it, but they need to learn from Virat Kohli, how important it is under pressure in big games, where you are put in pressure and whether you are able to play that risk-free cricket and still get those 10-11 runs per over.”