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India vs Australia: Batting coach Vikram Rathour lauds Shardul Thakur’s batting skills; hopes Rishabh Pant will be more consistent

Rathour lauded pacer Shardul Thakur for his batting skills, saying he gives an option in the lower middle order.

India vs Australia: Batting coach Vikram Rathour lauds Shardul Thakur’s batting skills; hopes Rishabh Pant will be more consistent

Mumbai: Batting coach Vikram Rathour, it seems, is tired of answering questions on young batsman Rishabh Pant's roller-coaster journey at every media interaction.

Vikram Rathour has been appointed as India's batting coach in place of Sanjay Bangar. @BCCI

File image of India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour. @BCCI

The 22-year-old Roorkee-born Pant, who is the team's first-choice white-ball wicket-keeper, has so far played 15 ODIs, and scored only 346 runs.

He made 71 in the first ODI against West Indies in Chennai last December and followed it up with a quickfire 39 in Visakhapatnam.

"Rishabh Pant, I think we have spoken a lot about him and every press-conference I do, I face a question about him. He's a good player. Everybody agrees on that," Rathour said on Sunday.

"He's working hard on his fitness. He's played some useful innings lately. He's practising hard, so hoping he comes good, becomes more consistent," Rathour added.

Rathour also lauded pacer Shardul Thakur for his batting skills, saying he gives an option in the lower middle order.

Thakur played match-winning cameos in the series-deciding ODI versus West Indies at Cuttack and third and final T20I against Sri Lanka in Pune.

"It's all his good work (and) I'm not doing anything. He's somebody who can bat, all of us knew that. In the last couple of games, he got the opportunity to show what he can do. So he gives you a great option in the lower middle order," said Rathour.

India played six different batsmen at the No 3 position in the last six T20I games.

On being asked if the experimentation would continue in ODIs, he said, "We did that in T20s, because we were willing to give them some game time. So against Australia in the first game, we'll start with our best XI. And I think everyone will bat according to tried order. And as the series goes, we'll see if we can experiment and try something different."

Updated Date: January 12, 2020 17:24:50 IST

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