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IND vs SA |  Taking singles and leaving balls are also crucial, says Harbhajan Singh on shot selection by Rishabh Pant

Harbhajan Singh criticized Rishabh Pant, saying hitting a six isn’t everything, but taking singles and dropping balls are also crucial after being sacked on a three-ball duck in Johannesburg. Pant was fired as he walked down the counter to attack a delivery from Kagiso Rabada.

India lost the second test of the series to South Africa and the form of the middle order kept them from building a big total. Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara showed signs of getting back into shape. However, Rishabh Panting is always rejected on low scores. He was returned on a three-ball duck in the second round of the Johannesburg test. Pant tried to play aggressively by ceding the wicket to Kagiso Rabada and bringing him closer to the wicket keeper.

Pant’s approach has come under heavy criticism from several former cricketers and Harabhjan Singh is the new name to join the roster. Harbhajan said Pant needs to understand that taking a single ball and leaving the ball is also important and hitting a six isn’t everything. He also backed the player up by saying that Pant should have more chances.

“I would really like Pant to have more chances. He’s a match winner, and the day he plays these heats he would win the match against India. Rahul dravid needs to speak with him in terms of a hitter in a certain approach. Smoking a six is ​​not everything. Taking singles and leaving bullets is also important, ”Harbhajan said in his Youtube video.

Pant has 1,608 points in 27 tryouts, averaging 37. He has been instrumental with his stick on a tour of Australia and England this year. Harbhajan said Pant can single-handedly win the game for the team, but also stressed that he should avoid making reckless punches every now and then.

“Rishabh Pant is a talented player and the type to win matches in India on his own. If an Indian goalkeeper has played well cricket on overseas grounds, played winning innings, this is it. These innings came out of his bat. Should we stay with him? Because the type of shots he played and the way he came out. Sometimes I feel like those shots were unnecessary. If he had spent more time at the wicket he could have scored more points, ”he said.

Harbhajan added that Pant needs to add more discipline to his stick to be more consistent.

“But at the same time, if the same shots click, we say ‘What a daring player. He comes with positive intention from the first ball.’ What I feel is that positive intention is one thing… it doesn’t. does not mean that you start to go out and play punches. Even when you play a defensive stroke, it can also be due to a positive intention. If you start swinging your bats and playing such punches, the question will be on you. asked, ”he concluded.

India will face South Africa in the third test on January 11 in Cape Town.

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