Sunil Gavaskar on Rishabh Pant’s failure in Wellington: Anybody can fail in one match

first_imgBrief Score – New Zealand (219/6) beat India (139) by 80 runs, take 1-0 lead in 3-match series. Dhoni (39), Southee (3/17), Ferguson (2/22). Full ScorecardFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar has played down Rishabh Pant’s failure to make an impact in India’s 80-run defeat to New Zealand in the first T20I, saying the young wicketkeeper-batsman has enough time to seal a ticket to the 2019 World Cup in England.Gavaskar pointed out it’s not easy for any batsman to score immediately after joining the team and that anyone can have a bad day at the office, especially in T20Is.Rishabh Pant, who was not part of India’s ODI squad in Australia and New Zealand, joined the rest of the Indian team in Wellington earlier this week. Pant was handed a rest after his stunning run in India’s 2-1 Test series win. He had played a couple of List A matches against England Lions in Thiruvananthapuram before flying to New Zealand.Pant, who is considered one of the probables for the World Cup, struggled to put bat to ball and tried too much before being bowled by New Zealand’s left-arm spinner, Mitchell Santner on 4 (10 balls) in chase of a mammoth total of 220 in Wellington. MS Dhoni top scored with 29 and the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay Shankar, batting at No. 3, got starts but none of them were able to convert it into a big one.”I don’t think so [Wellington knock hampered his chances of sealing a World Cup berth]. There are five more matches in India as well the 50-over matches and the T20I matches against the Australians where Rishabh can make an impact,” Gavaskar told India Today on Wednesday.advertisementINDIA VS NEW ZEALAND 1ST T20I WELLINGTON: HIGHLIGHTS”And he just arrived in New Zealand. Believe me, it’s very tough to score straightway when you have travelled. The jetlag was still around maybe. I am not trying to make excuses for the young man, it’s just one match and anybody can fail. It’s not a big deal.”Don’t think India missed a trick with the playing XI: GavaskarSunil Gavaskar also said he is not too concerned with India’s poor all-round effort in the first T20I. The Asian giants suffered their biggest-ever defeat in terms of the margin of runs (80) as they were bowled out for 139, chasing 220 after New Zealand opener Tim Seifert’s blitzkrieg.India included three wicketkeeper-batsman and three all-rounders in Vijay Shankar, Hardik and Krunal Pandya in the playing XI. Gavaskar though pointed out that there’s no harm in trying out different combinations and giving game time to the players on the bench in the lead up to the World Cup.”No, I don’t think so [missed a trick with the playing XI]. It was the first match of the T20I series. You’re trying to sort of assess the strengths and weaknesses of not just your team but also your opposition. I wouldn’t be too worried about it. T20I can be very unpredictable. The best of teams can lose on the day,” the former captain said.Gavaskar added: “I think what India is looking at with this T20I how maybe some of the players can be looked at for the 50-over World Cup, which is a couple of month’s time. So maybe that’s the reason why Vijay Shankar got the promotion. So if the team is looking to experiment at this stage, I won’t be worried too much about the result.”Also Read | MS Dhoni part of an unfortunate record as New Zealand hammer India in 1st T20IAlso Read | 80-run win vs India has set the tone for the rest of the series: Kane WilliamsonAlso See:last_img

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