Pant should bat like Russell regardless of bowler: Shastri

New Delhi, May 10 (PTI) Former India coach Ravi Shastri feels that Rishabh Pant should bat in the style of Andre Russell in the T20 format and not change it once he gets into the flow so that he can play for his team Delhi Capitals. To win more matches.

The left-handed batsman has so far scored 281 runs in 11 matches in the current season of the Indian Premier League at a strike rate of 152.71 but has failed to convert his good starts into big scores.

The 24-year-old wicket-keeper batsman has shown glimpses of his aggressive nature but he has not been able to play a vital role in his team’s victory.

Shastri told ESPNcricinfo, “I think once it is in flux, he should not change it. He should bat in Russell’s style in this format of the game.

He said, “Your eyes are fixed, you are shooting well so don’t think too much. It doesn’t matter who the bowler is, if you want to hit a hard shot, do it. Who knows if you do this you can win more matches than people expected.

Shastri believes his candid approach to Russell, one of the most explosive batsmen in T20 cricket, sets him apart from other batsmen. Such an approach will prove to be effective for Pant, who is capable of playing aggressive innings.

He said, “Russell’s attitude is clear about his game. When he is in rhythm it is difficult to stop him. No one can stop him. Then no negative thoughts come to his mind.

“Rishabh is also capable of batting like this and I think he thinks that way because you will see some special innings from him in T20 cricket,” Shastri said.

“He starts well and then gets out in a way that he doesn’t like. I believe that when it is in flux, he should not change it.

Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori said that Pant performs at his best when he plays fearlessly and dominates the opposition bowlers.

Vettori said, “Rishabh Pant gives his best when he plays fearlessly. We have seen him play some of the best innings when he dominates the opposition.