India vs West Indies: Skipper Virat Kohli backs under-fire Rishabh Pant, says he won't let wicketkeeper-batsman feel isolated

India captain Virat Kohli backed the under-fire Rishabh Pant, asserting that he wouldn't let the young wicketkeeper-batsman feel isolated.

Press Trust of India, Dec 05, 2019 14:59:38 IST

Hyderabad: India captain Virat Kohli on Thursday backed the under-fire Rishabh Pant, asserting that he wouldn't let the young wicketkeeper-batsman feel isolated.

India vs West Indies: Skipper Virat Kohli backs under-fire Rishabh Pant, says he wont let wicketkeeper-batsman feel isolated

File image of Indian skipper Virat Kohli. AP

Pant has been under the scanner for a while due to his inability to convert starts and for erratic work behind the stumps. Recently, he also drew flak for poor DRS calls and several former players stated that he is fast running out of time.

But ahead of the T20I series against the West Indies starting on Friday, Kohli threw his weight behind the 22-year-old.

"We certainly believe in Rishabh's ability. As you say, it's (also) the player's responsibility to do well but our responsibility is to give him space, to support him. He should get support and it is disrespectful if you don't get it," he said.

"As Rohit (Sharma) said recently, he needs to be left alone, he is a match-winner. Once he comes good, you will see a very different version of him. He can't be isolated to such an extent that he doesn't do well. We are here to do things for him," he added.

India and West Indies will compete in a T20I and ODI series, each of which comprises three matches.

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Updated Date: Dec 05, 2019 14:59:38 IST






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