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India vs South Africa: Rahul Dravid says he will have conversation with Rishabh Pant over shot selection

Johannesburg: India head coach Rahul Dravid on Thursday hinted at having a conversation with wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant over the timing of his shots including the wild slog that led to his dismissal in the second innings of the second Test against South Africa.

Speaking to media after the second Test, Dravid said he would always want Pant to play positive cricket but at times, the shot selection could be different.

"We know Rishabh plays positively and he plays in a particular manner and has got him a little bit of success. But of course, there are times when we are going to have to have some sort of level of conversations around that.

Rishabh Pant lost his wicket in second Test after playing a loose shot against South Africa in the second Test. AFP

Rishabh Pant lost his wicket in the second Test after playing a loose shot against South Africa. AFP

"...it is just little-bit or may be selection of the time to play that (shot)," Dravid said at the virtual post-match press conference after his side suffered a seven-wicket loss to South Africa in the second Test."

Pant tried to smash Kagiso Rabada out of the ground on the third ball of his innings but ended up edging it to the wicketkeeper, drawing sharp criticism from all quarters.

"No one is going to ever tell Rishabh (Pant) not to be a positive player or not to be an aggressive player but sometimes it is just the question of picking and choosing the time to do that," Dravid said when specifically asked whether he was upset with Pant's shot.

Dravid, himself a veteran of 164 Tests, also said that Rishabh was someone who can change the course of the game very quickly.

"I think it's, you have just come in, maybe giving yourself a little more time might be a little bit more advisable but look I mean in the end we know what we are getting with Rishabh.

"He is a really positive player, he is someone who can change the course of the game very quickly for us, so naturally won't take that away from him and ask him to become something very different."

But sometimes, it is just about just figuring out what is the right time to maybe attack and playout (a) slightly difficult period that sets the game up for you or sets your innings up. So, I mean he (Pant) is learning.

"He plays in a particular way, so it's always something that he is going to keep learning, keep improving and keep getting better," elaborated Dravid.

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Updated Date: January 07, 2022 10:54:09 IST

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