Virat Kohli made a wise Rishabh Pant choice, leading to India’s comeback victory over Australia.
In a non-playing position, Virat Kohli was instrumental in India’s Test series victory over Australia.
Despite not being in the nation, Virat Kohli was instrumental in Rishabh Pant’s success during the last series between Australia and India. After Kohli returned home to attend the birth of his first kid, Pant was called into the India squad. The tourists recovered from their humiliating first-match loss in Adelaide by winning two of the next three matches to win the series 2-1.
Pant batted at No. 6 in India’s eight-wicket victory in the second Test in Melbourne.
However, in the second innings of the Tests in Sydney and Brisbane, the wicket-keeper batted at No 5.
Pant batted at No 5 for two innings, scoring 97 at the SCG and an unbeaten 89 at the Gabba.
And Vikram Rathour, India’s batting coach, has explained how Kohli’s opinion influenced their decision.
Rathour told Ravi Ashwin’s YouTube channel, “It wasn’t really my call, I can’t take credit for this.”
“It started after we lost the first Test. [R] Sridhar had already mentioned how Virat and Ajinkya [Rahane] sat together before Virat departed, and how we all sat together before Virat left.
“That’s where this was discussed, and to be honest, it originated from Virat.
“It will be a wonderful idea if Pant can be deployed at No. 5 to keep the left-right combination if we are playing both left-handers.
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“We pondered it a little more, and we talked to Ajinkya about whether it would be a good moment to send Pant if the wicket fell early.
“We then let him bat at No 6, but in the second innings, I told him, ‘Boss, now is the time he needs to go at No 5, regardless of when we lose a wicket because it’s the last innings and we’re going for the runs,’” he explained.
“The goal was not to draw the Test, so we went for the runs as soon as we could. So it was the ideal time to dispatch him to.”Brinkwire Summary News.”