Posted on: January 6, 2022
India head coach Rahul Dravid admitted that there will be a conversation with wicketkeeper-batsman Shab Pant about his shot selection. India went on to lose by seven wickets on Thursday after Pant was dismissed for the third-goal duck in the Johannesburg Test. On day three, Pant gave up his wicket as he tried to beat Kagiso Rabada unnoticed.
In a press conference after India’s defeat, Dravid admitted that while Pant has a certain style of play which has brought him success, the timing of coming up with some tricks is one to watch. The coach said: “In a sense, we know that Rishabh is a positive player, he plays in a special way that makes him successful. But yes, of course, sometimes, we will Have some level of dialogue with him around”
However, the 48-year-old backs Pant and says the aggressive goalkeeper is still in the learning phase. He said: “When you first come in, it’s wiser to give yourself more time. We know what we’re getting from Rishabh, he’s a very positive player, he’s someone who can change the course of the game for us. , so we’re not going to take that from him and ask him to be very different. It’s about figuring out when is the right time to attack. He’s learning, he’s playing a certain way, but he’s going to keep studing.”
South Africa came up with an excellent batting effort to tie the three-game series 1-1. Dean Elgar took the lead from the front and ended India’s unbeaten Test record in Johannesburg with 96 runs. South Africa comfortably won by just one wicket after a long rain break. They recovered 2 and Elgar with a score of 118, with Temba Bavuma (23*) taking South Africa home with a score of 67.4 for company. Earlier, Lacy van der Dusen also contributed a wonderful 40.
Paying tribute to South Africa, Dravid said: “Dean Elgar played well, you need to give him credit. He stuck with it, he stuck with it in both Test matches, he has had some tough times, We beat his bat multiple times. We beat the bat, we just had bad luck. Thanks to him, he stuck with it despite looking uncomfortable, he showed his determination to keep going. As I said , he really showed a good character to keep fighting.”
The third test of the series will begin in Cape Town on January 11
– a cricket reporter