'He hasn't batted the way he can, you expect more from him': Chopra lashes out on star India batter despite series win

  • Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra has spoken in criticism of a star India batter, saying that he hasn't batted as well as he is expected to.
India's Ravindra Jadeja, center, celebrates with captain Virat Kohli, right, and Rishabh Pant the dismissal of Scotland's Matthew Cross during the Cricket Twenty20 World Cup match between India and Scotland in Dubai, UAE, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)(AP)
India's Ravindra Jadeja, center, celebrates with captain Virat Kohli, right, and Rishabh Pant the dismissal of Scotland's Matthew Cross during the Cricket Twenty20 World Cup match between India and Scotland in Dubai, UAE, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)(AP)
Updated on Nov 22, 2021 11:32 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Former India opener Aakash Chopra, following the culmination of the India-New Zealand T20I series, has come out in criticism of wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant, saying that the talented player hasn't batted to his full potential.

While analyzing India's performance in the bilateral showdown, Chopra pointed out that the Rohit Sharma-led unit's middle-lower order is still an area of concern. Adding further to the point, and bringing Pant into the picture, cricketer-turned-expert quipped.

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"The middle-lower order is still a concern because Rishabh Pant hasn't really batted the way we wanted him to bat. He hasn't batted the way he can bat, you expect more from him.

"The runs come from his bat, he hits sixes as well but I feel he hasn't yet fully cracked the T20 code, which is a bit of a disappointment. He is absolutely sensational in Tests, it is the format he has cracked easily but he is still figuring out his ways in the other formats."

Pant has been in poor form with the bat of late in T20 cricket. After a lukewarm T20 World Cup campaign, Pant registered scores of 17*, 12*, and 4 in the three-match series against the Black Caps.

Meanwhile, former Kiwis captain Daniel Vettori expressed concerns about Pant's form.

“He hasn’t got his tempo right in T20 cricket. He hasn’t quite understood his role, particularly in this series. Sometimes he is overly cautious, then he is reckless. It doesn’t feel like there is a flow to his game. When you see great T20 batters batting well, it is all about flow and momentum and you just feel a rhythm to it. He hasn’t quite got that yet," said Vettori in a show on ESPNCricinfo.

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