Yuvraj wants end to criticism of Pant, calls on Kohli to guide him

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Yuvraj, who retired from all formats of the sport earlier this year, said the 21-year-old should be looked after psychologically.

Former India batsman Yuvraj Singh on Tuesday (September 24) once again extended his support to the under-fire Rishabh pant, saying that the youngster doesn’t deserve the criticism coming his way and needs the support of captain Virat Kohli to overcome the slump.

The wicketkeeper-batsman has been drawing a lot of criticism for failing to grab chances given to him for proving himself and getting out to rash shots despite being given a long rope by the Indian team management.

“I really don’t know what is happening with him (Rishabh). He is facing a lot of criticism which is not needed. Somebody needs to get the best out of him,” Yuvraj said on the sidelines of The Sports Movement summit of India On Track organisation.

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“The people monitoring him, the coach, the captain have to guide him,” he added.

Yuvraj, who retired from all formats of the sport earlier this year, said the 21-year-old should be looked after psychologically.

“How you get the best out of him is completely based on his character. You need to understand his character, you need to understand his psychology and work according to that. If you are going to suppress him, you are not going to get the best out of him,” he added.

Shastri had recently stated that Pant let the team down with his rash dismissals during the series against West Indies last month and the young cricketer would be given a rap on the knuckle every time he fails to value his wicket.

(With inputs from agencies)

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