Pant, who led the team in the five-match series against South Africa, which ended in a 2-2 draw after the last game was canceled due to rain, was able to score only 58 runs in five innings which raised some questions. Its location in the short format.
However, Dravid was quite clear that Pant was not going anywhere.
Dravid said during the post-match press conference, “Personally, he would have liked to score a few more runs but that is not about it. Certainly, it is a big part of our plans to move forward in the next few months.”
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It was clear he would not judge anyone on the basis of a series – whether it was batting form or captaincy.
“I just don’t want to criticize. In the middle overs, you need to play a bit of an aggressive brand of cricket, to take the game a little further. Sometimes it’s very difficult to decide based on two or three games,” the head coach said.
In fact, Dravid was impressed by Pant’s 158-plus strike-rate during the IPL where he scored 340 for the Delhi Capitals.
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“I think he had a very good IPL in terms of strike-rate, even if it didn’t look good on average. In the IPL, he seemed to be moving a little bit (on average) and maybe three years ago he was on those numbers. We hope so. We hope we can get those numbers from him internationally. ”
Pant is a high risk game that comes with a price and the coach is willing to pay the price seeing the big picture.
“In the process (of playing an offensive game), he can make mistakes in some games but he is an integral part of our batting line-up with the strength he has and the fact that he is left-handed. He said.
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As for his captaincy, Dravid felt that Pant performed well as he led the team 0-2 in the series.
“It was good to bring the team down to 0-2 and bring it to a 2-2 draw and give us a chance to win. Captaincy is not just about winning and losing. He (Pant) is a young captain who is moving forward as a leader. “It’s too early to judge and you don’t want to do that after a series,” Dravid was clear in his thought process.
“He was happy to see that he had the opportunity to lead, keep and bat. There was a lot of pressure on him but he got the experience and the credit to make sure we went from 0-2 to 2-2.” The coaches were all praising the stand-in captain.