Former Australia cricketer Brag Hogg feels Rishabh Pant should back his leadership skills and not let others influence the decisions. The wicket-keeper batter led the Indian team in the recently concluded five-match T20I series against South Africa.
Rishabh Pant’s captaincy came under the scanner as India lost the first two T20Is. However, they made a good comeback to win the next two and level the series. The series ended in a draw as the fifth T20I was abandoned due to rain.
Analyzing Rishabh Pant’s captaincy debut for India, Brag Hogg expressed that the left-hander should back his leadership skills. He added, that if Pant has any doubts, he should call former India skipper MS Dhoni or Indian head coach Rahul Dravid for a chat. In a video on his Youtube Channel, Brad Hogg said,
“One thing Pant needs to do is be more decisive and take control out in the middle. Don’t let other players come in and over-influenced his decisions. If he needs to learn anything, ring up MS Dhoni or talk to Rahul (Dravid), get your tips, go out, back yourself, and do the job. Because when he backs himself, we know that he can achieve anything.”
Let’s see how he handles pressure on foreign soil: Brad Hogg on Rohit Sharma’s captaincy
Before the T20I series against South Africa, the Indian team had an unbeaten record of 11 wins under Rohit Sharma’s leadership at home. The opener will lead the Indian team in England next month in three ODI and as many T20Is.
Brad Hogg feels that it’s unfair to compare Rohit’s unbeaten record with others. He explained that Rohit Sharma hasn’t captained the team away from India. Hogg added that it will be interesting to see how the Indian skipper handle’s the pressure in foreign conditions.
“Captaincy, captaincy, captaincy, always a discussion in India. Especially when they are losing and someone’s made a comment that Rohit Sharma has a perfect record in 2022, he has won 11 games from 11. But remember, Rohit Sharma has not captained away from India this year. So let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s wait till he gets on foreign soil, see how he handles the pressure then,” Brad Hogg said.