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Dean Jones Terms Rishabh Pant A One-Trick Pony

It will not be much of wrong to say that young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has failed to live up to the massive number of expectations. After proving his critics wrong with two sensational century knocks in Australia and England, Pant has failed to replicate the same performances in the limited-overs format. More importantly, the left-hander’s shot selection has been the biggest problem in the recent times.

Former Australian batsman Dean Jones is the latest person to speak about Pant’s game and the situation, he is currently in. Jones said that Pant is still a young kid and is learning about his game. Pant scored 27 runs recently in the first T20I match against Bangladesh and struggled a lot to time the ball with perfection.

“He’s still a young kid, still learning his craft, still doesn’t know what’s going on a little bit. He needs to work more on his strokeplay through the offside. At the moment, he’s just a bit of a one-trick pony. We know he’s got an off-side game, he’s just got to work more. It wouldn’t take long to change but he needs to be very specific in his training programme right now,” quoted Dean Jones.

Jones gave the example of South Africa’s wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock and noted that Pant should learn from him. The former Australian cricketer stated that de Kock worked a lot on his game and performed really well in the recently concluded series against India.

“Quinton de Kock changed his game, that was very evident in the last T20 series against India. Everyone thought he struggled to hit the ball between point and mid-off and they bowled there. But through lots of net practice and good technique work, he hit a lot of boundaries. And all of a sudden they couldn’t line him up properly because he had other options to score,” added Jones.