Poor decision to select shots has caused Rishabh Pant his downfall. On Monday, Virender Sehwag hoped the keeper-batsman ‘works to improve his game’ and justify the team management’s faith.

Rishabh Pant has been perceived as the deserving successor of Mahendra Singh Dhoni but of late the 21 year old cricketer drew some criticism for his shot selection. His fallacy became more prominent during the ongoing series against West Indies.

But Sehwag appealed to people to hold on before getting harsh on him. He commented to PTI, “Rishabh Pant is an extremely talented cricketer with huge potential. It will be important that he is groomed well.

“And now that he has been assured some quality time in the team it is important that he makes the best use of the opportunity and works to better his game and develop as a cricketer.”

Asked if this team can win the World Test Championship in 2021, Sehwag said: “Two years is a long time. Yes the team is in good hands. I wish Ravi Shastri all the luck for his second innings and Virat Kohli all the very best.

“We have good bench strength, quality fast bowlers and spinning prospects. We need to now settle the team combinations,” Sehwag added.

India got off to the best possible start in the World Championship, crushing West Indies by 318 runs in the opening Test of the two-match series.

Jasprit Bumrah wreaked havoc with a five-wicket haul, complementing Ajinkya Rahane’s long-awaited 10th Test hundred, as India decimated West Indies inside four days.

The win took India to the top of the championship table with 60 points.

Sri Lanka are currently second although they have equal number of points. Australia and England are currently third and fourth respectively with 32 points each.

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