Rishabh Pant is aware about his role in the team, says bowling coach Mhambrey | Cricket News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The moment Rishabh Pant gets into the middle he is ready to explode right from the word go irrespective of the format but the Indian team management continues to back him despite his audacious approach even when the situation needs a little bit of self restrain.
When asked about wicketkeeper-batter’s approach, ahead of the first Test against Bangladesh in Chattogram, bowling coach Paras Mhambrey categorically stated that the team management will never advise Pant to curb his natural attacking game as he knows his role and expectations from him.

Pant, one of the most destructive players among the current crop, has so far scored five Test hundreds and 10 fifties in 31 games with centuries in England, Australia and South Africa.
“We are not having any special discussion with Rishabh. That’s his game and we know that. Nothing changes, that’s the way he prepares for any format, white ball and he is pretty much aware about his role in the team,” Mhambrey said during the pre-match press conference.
“Our conversations are never around the way he is playing as he knows what the team expects out of him,” Mhambrey, who has seen Pant from his India U-19 days, said. While he didn’t disclose whether India will go with a third spinner or a third pacer but he was happy that Umesh Yadav, with all his experience, will spearhead the Indian pace attack.

“Umesh is a very experienced bowler. We all know what Umesh brings to the table. Unfortunately, he hasn’t got too many opportunities as we had Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj playing in England,” added Mhambrey.
“The team management has spoken to him and had discussions and we have lot of clarity as far as Umesh is concerned. The other way I look at it is that he will spearhead the attack and he has lot of experience going into the series. I am also happy how Siraj has progressed in Tests and happy that he has delivered.”
The former India seamer admitted that Bumrah and Shami will be missed. “Bumrah and Shami will be missed but we look at it as others getting an opportunity to play Test cricket and perform for the country,” said Mhambrey.
Mhambrey also conceded that after at least four months of continuous white ball cricket, adjustment to red ball format will be key.
“We are playing Test cricket after long time, takes a little while to have that mental change. You have just come from T20 World Cup in Australia and now it is a different format.
“One good thing is lot of these guys are playing matches. Siraj (ODIs), Umesh (India A) played lot of cricket. Even Navdeep Saini has played a lot as far as A series is concerned,” Mhambrey said.
(With inputs from PTI)

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