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Kohli and Shastri should develop Pant as they have developed Pandya in last 1 year or so

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Development of Pandya as a cricketer has been a delight to watch.In many ways this guy has completed our side in almost all formats.Hitting ability aside ,the matirity and calmness he has shown in last 6 months exemplifies his development.

 

Much of Pandya's growth as a cricketer must be attributed to Dhoni at start and largely to Kohli for always backing him in every situation.There were times I thought him playing as a 3rd seamer is a slightly risky option but he has seldom disappointed with the ball in the hand.Going into the champions trophy final I thought he might be the weak link in the bowling but he turned out to be one of the best bowler on the finals day.Subsequently he has taken crucial wickets and now hardly can be treated as a weak link as I presumed he was in this side.Inclusion of variations like knuckle ball is a pleasant sight as well.

 

Batting has been a revelation.I remember I was not convinced that much after his 50 odd vs Eng at Eden Gardens in January this year , the innings was riddled with edgy shots.But 6-8 months after that,Pandya looks much more calmer, equally destructive against spinners or seamers but he does all that with a plan in mind.Never have I seen a batsman who finds hitting sixes against spinners as easy as this guy and even yesterday when Agar was bowling I knew chakka tou padega hi isko kabhi na kabhi and Pandya didnt disappoint.Now the growth part ,when he miscued one on a flighted loopy delivery, he knew he had committed a mistake and it was great to watch he didnt repeat it and on the contrary changed his modus operandi and hit Agar for a six using his feet.Maturity,calmness and game awareness everything was on display.

 

Now coming on to the nub of the point I am trying to make,looking at Pandya grow as a cricketer in this regime, a thought came in my mind that Rishabh Pant who I believe is an equally big talent,should be given a chance to become a polished cricketer like Pandya is on course to becoming.As I wrote earlier,Pandya has completed our side in many ways already but if Pant is a given a chance to become a player he has the potential to become ,our limited overs team can be the most dangerous side in the current circuit.We have one maverick in Pandya and there is still scope for one more in our side and Pant is ideal for that.

 

Now comes some people's apprehension that Pant can only play if Dhoni hangs up his keeping gloves.I dont believe that, Dhoni and Pant both can play,like Healy n Gilly circa 1997.The world cup is still 2 years away and I am desperately hoping Pant is in Kohl's scheme of thing  for that tournament because such a talent has to be tapped.

 

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5 minutes ago, Rasgulla said:

Where would he play? Rahul still waiting for his chance and we have Rahane as floater. He is long way back in line:agree:only people here hype him up. 

He is a special player and such players jump the queues quickly. He can easily play in place of Jadhav or even with Dhawan injured.

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Just now, rkt.india said:

He is a special player and such players jump the queues quickly. He can easily play in place of Jadhav or even with Dhawan injured.

Same thing was said about samson during one of his IPL runs. Obviously not as much as pant cause where he is from.. He has more runs than pant in last IPL since its all about that:flute:It's better to live in reality and accept he won't open anytime soon or play in place of kedar. He has long way to go. At this moment he is just a hit or a miss and I doubt virat even rates him:bebored:

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3 hours ago, Rasgulla said:

Same thing was said about samson during one of his IPL runs. Obviously not as much as pant cause where he is from.. He has more runs than pant in last IPL since its all about that:flute:It's better to live in reality and accept he won't open anytime soon or play in place of kedar. He has long way to go. At this moment he is just a hit or a miss and I doubt virat even rates him:bebored:

I don't think anyone clamoured for Samson.

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34 minutes ago, G_B_ said:

excellent post OP

 

can ICF use is as a front page article?

 

Also I think the boat on Pant has sailed. This is pretty much the team we will have for WC 2019. Post that i think MSD will need to make a call and Pant can be a swap. 

sure 

 

on your point, i beg to differ with you ,two years is still a long way to go, remember uthappa was not in contention for the 2007 world cup squad six months prior to the tournament but eventually he was in such good form ,he couldnt be ignored and similar thing happened with Yusuf prior to 2011.And also why Pant only has to play as a wk batsman,he is more than capable to play as a batsman alone.

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33 minutes ago, G_B_ said:

excellent post OP

 

can ICF use is as a front page article?

 

Also I think the boat on Pant has sailed. This is pretty much the team we will have for WC 2019. Post that i think MSD will need to make a call and Pant can be a swap. 

how boat has sailed. We are not talking about Pant just playing as a WK/bat.  he can even play as a specialist bat. He is good enough.

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7 minutes ago, Pollack said:

Can he consolidate? Consolidators get a lot of love. Indian fans always craving for those big hundreds or personal milestones(great average).

 

naah couldn't be more wrong,even today people miss sehwag and i dont remember anyone i met who was not a fan of veeru 

 

but  dhoni haaye haaye quran hogaya aaj ka 

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3 minutes ago, Rasgulla said:

How are you saying he is good enough just yet? He did nothing in his last A series. Pandey did well there and he is back in ODI team. 

Kohli was picked at 19 based on his talent and not his runs. It is not always about stats. He did score a 50 in that tri-series. Anyone can have some dip in form.  If it was only about stats, computers would pick a team and not selectors. Dhoni when picked for India averaged 32 in first class cricket.

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31 minutes ago, SK_IH said:

naah couldn't be more wrong,even today people miss sehwag and i dont remember anyone i met who was not a fan of veeru 

 

but  dhoni haaye haaye quran hogaya aaj ka 

Criticism of Kedar for playing his natural game in aa team full of consolidators.

Criticism of Pant on similar lines even without getting a game in international and being fairly successful with the way he plays in First class.

Rahul when kept on scoring half centuries on difficult pitches fans criticised him for not scoring daddy centuries.

Rohit's slow start always being defended even on flat pitches. Though he is fine now.

Dhoni obviously can do no wrong and him pushing a full toss for a single in 47th over defended by fans here.

LOL can go on.... 

 

 

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33 minutes ago, rkt.india said:

Kohli was picked at 19 based on his talent and not his runs. It is not always about stats. He did score a 50 in that tri-series. Anyone can have some dip in form.  If it was only about stats, computers would pick a team and not selectors. Dhoni when picked for India averaged 32 in first class cricket.

Dhoni when picked he performed in A series against Kenya and Pakistan. This Tri series happened in Aug to Sep  2004

 

He has scores like 70,120, 119 against Pakistan A and 75 in only test he played against Kenya. 

 

Then he was picked in December . He didn't pop out of nowhere and whereas kohli goes he has FC average of 51 he is real SPECIAL one with 91 matches. When he was given chance in 1st series against he has performed well on tough pitches against mendis and also has 50+ score in last odi. He was very impressive 

 

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32 minutes ago, Pollack said:

Criticism of Kedar for playing his natural game in aa team full of consolidators.

Criticism of Pant on similar lines even without getting a game in international and being fairly successful with the way he plays in First class.

Rahul when kept on scoring half centuries on difficult pitches fans criticised him for not scoring daddy centuries.

Rohit's slow start always being defended even on flat pitches. Though he is fine now.

Dhoni obviously can do no wrong and him pushing a full toss for a single in 47th over defended by fans here.

LOL can go on.... 

 

 

For you natural game is random slogging like maxwell and afridi. I bet they must your fav players:laugh1:only an idiot would defend his innings other day. Pant slowed down WI after that brilliant set up by openers on a patta.. He was never part of ODI squad anyway. Even virat kohli defended a free hit once and your gawddd took singles of final ball which was proper full tosses for his milestone which is pathetic. 

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