WILL BAT­TING LOWER DOWN HELP PANT MAKE AN IM­PACT?

PANT: ENOUGH CHANCES, NOT ENOUGH RE­SULTS? BUSI­NESS

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport - VVS LAX­MAN

Rishabh Pant plays ag­gres­sive shots but he is not able to suc­ceed at No. 4. Pant should bat at No. 5 and 6, where you have the li­cense to ex­press your­self. He doesn’t know the right method of scor­ing runs at No. 4. He is try­ing to evolve and add dif­fer­ent di­men­sions to his game by ro­tat­ing the strike but un­for­tu­nately, his shot se­lec­tion has not been great. There are others for No. 4 like Hardik Pandya and Shreyas Iyer. Pant is also un­der pres­sure as he is tak­ing MS Dhoni’s place.”

Go­ing purely by the num­bers, the answer seems to be a ‘no’. In the past 1 year, for eg, Pant has bat­ted at No. 3 twice, with an av­er­age of 45 (boosted by a 40*) and a SR of 132.35. How­ever, in his 14 in­nings in the past 1 year at No. 4, 5 & 6, he has re­turns of 207 runs at a poor 17.25 (with a high­est of 65*) at a SR of 125.45...

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