Rishabh Pant focused on playing positive cricket

India‘s wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been under the scanner for throwing his wicket away and with no fifties to his name in the 11 ODIs that he has played for India so far, a big knock is the need of the hour for India’s new No.4. However, the 21-year-old is unperturbed, and is focused on playing a positive brand of cricket.

“Obviously, as an individual, I would like to have a big score. But every time I go out there in the middle, I am not focusing on that,” Pant said ahead of the third ODI between India and West Indies at Port of Spain on Wednesday.

“”I just want to play positive cricket and win matches for the team. Every match is crucial for me. I want to keep on improving as a cricketer,” added Pant, who made 20 in India’s win over West Indies in the 2nd ODI.  ALSO READ: Dhawan’s form, Pant’s temperament in focus as India look to seal series

Pant has been tried at the No.4 spot after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, but poor shot selection in the first two T20Is against WI – in which he scored 0 and 4 – led to criticism from various corners, but he managed to redeem himself with a match-winning knock of 65 not out in the third T20I. However, Pant failed to carry forward momentum in the 2nd ODI. With Shreyas Iyer making the most of his opportunity, scoring 71 in the 2nd ODI, Pant needs to up his game to keep his No.4 spot. ALSO READ: Sunil Gavaskar prefers Shreyas Iyer at No.4 over Rishabh Pant

Pant insisted that the management is not experimenting with the No.4 spot, but is merely giving everyone in the team a deserved chance.

“We are not experimenting (with the middle order). We are just giving chance to everyone whosoever is in the team,” said Pant.”Everyone is confident of their position because the team management is supporting them,” he added.

As for the 3rd ODI, the Haridwar-born cricketer’s wants to end the ODI series on a high.

“Everyone is calm in the dressing room. We are just focusing on the match. We need to win the final ODI and end the series on a high,” he said.