Rishabh Pant not able to succeed at No. 4, says VVS Laxman

Rishabh Pant not able to succeed at No. 4, says VVS Laxman

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Turning heat on the No.4 slot for India, VVS Laxman said that the Rishabh Pant has again failed in the No.4 slot in the third T20 International.

Rishabh Pant's dismal show at the number four position continued on Sunday as he lost his wicket for 19 runs in third and final T20 International against South Africa, which India lost by nine wickets in Bengaluru.

In the T20I series against South Africa, Rishabh Pant was a failure as a No.4 batsman. In the second T20I, Rishabh Pant could add only four runs.

Calling Rishabh Pant an aggressive player, Laxman said that the 21-year-old is not cut out for the much talked-about number four positions. “The nature of Rishabh Pant's batting is that he plays aggressive shots. The success came for him in Delhi Capitals during IPL, playing at No. 4 with an average strike rate of 45 but unfortunately at the international level he is not able to succeed at the number four position," Laxman said during a show.

"He is trying to evolve and trying to add different dimensions to his game by rotating the strike that we saw in the previous match but unfortunately, his shot selection at the start of the innings has not been great," Laxman said.

"Pant should bat at number 5 and 6, where you have the license to go out and express yourself and at the moment he doesn't know the right method of scoring runs at number 4," he added.

Laxman added that either Shreyas Iyer or Hardik Pandya can bat at number four as both have more experience than Pant.