In the recently concluded three match T20I series against New Zealand, Rishabh Pant continues to disappoint cricket experts with his poor performances with the bat. He was used as a opener and failed badly in the matches he got to bat.

Many of Cricket Fans and experts have been extremely vocal in his support for the right handed wicket keeper batsman Sanju Samson. Despite growing support for his inclusion in the playing XI, Samson was benched for the T20I series in New Zealand.

Former Indian all rounder Reetinder Sodhi singled out Rishabh Pant’s subpar run in the shortest format of the game and backed Sanju Samson to replace the left hander in the Indian white-ball lineup. Speaking to India News ahead of India’s One Day International (ODI) series opener against New Zealand, Sodhi said, “He is becoming a liability for Team India. If it’s like this, then bring in Sanju Samson. End of the day, you got to take that chance because you cannot afford to lose and exit in World Cup or ICC tournaments. When you give too many chances, problems arise. The time has come to provide opportunities to new guys.”

“Only time will tell how many opportunities and how long he gets. Time is passing and he really has to tighten his shoes. Everything has a limit. You cannot depend on one player for so long. If he is not performing, you got to show him the exit door,” he added. Pant has played 27 ODIs and 66 T20Is for India while power-hitter Samson has featured in only 26 international white-ball matches for the former world champions.”

Sodhi admitted the x-factor that Pant brings up on the paper but also reckoned lack of performances from him is not helping team India at all, “We all know Rishabh Pant is a match-winner, but you don’t score runs. You don’t help win your team. You got the opportunity in an important event like World Cup. I accept that initially, he didn’t get the opportunity, but whenever you get a chance, your job is to perform, which has not happened. It’s time that selectors think beyond him.”

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