Former Australia cricketer Brad Hogg advised Indian wicketkeeper, Rishabh Pant, to speak with legendary India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, or teammate KL Rahul if he wants to learn anything.
After a bad run with the bat in the IPL 2022 for the Delhi Capitals, followed by a string of low scores in the recently concluded T20I series against South Africa at home, Pant has faced criticism for his batting form.
The southpaw ended the IPL 2022 season with 340 runs in 14 games, as he failed to lead the Delhi Capitals to the playoffs. In the South Africa T20I series, Pant managed to score only 58 runs at an average of 14.50.
Pant led the Indian squad in absence of captain Rohit Sharma and vice-captain KL Rahul, who was ruled out after a groin injury. The series was drawn 2-2 after the final match was washed out due to persistent rain.
Hogg advised Pant to improve his decision-making skills and steer clear of outside influences.
“One thing he needs to do is be more decisive and take control out in the middle, don’t let other players come in and over-influence his decisions,” said Hogg on his Youtube channel.
Pant should speak with Dhoni or Rahul to clear his head, he added, adding the 24-year-old cricketer has the potential to accomplish great things for the national team.
“If he needs to learn anything, ring up MS Dhoni or talk to KL Rahul, get your tips, go out, back yourself and do the job. Because when he backs himself, we know that he can achieve anything,” said Hogg.
Further discussing Rohit Sharma's captaincy, the former Australian spinner said it would be unfair to compare the swashbuckling opener's record to that of other captains because his biggest challenge would be to lead the Indian side in foreign settings.
“Captaincy, captaincy, captaincy, always a discussion in India. Especially when they are losing and someone’s made a comment that Rohit Sharma has a perfect record in 2022, he has won 11 games from 11. But remember, Rohit Sharma has not captained away from India this year. So let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s wait till he gets on foreign soil, see how he handles the pressure then,” he added.