Published On: Tue, Dec 13th, 2022

Rishabh Pant understands his role in the team: Paras Mhambrey

New Delhi: Indian bowling coach Paras Mhambrey reckons that the team management will never advise Rishabh Pant to tone down his natural attacking game because he understands his role and what is expected of him.

Our conversations are never around the way he is playing as he knows what the team expects out of him

Pant, one of the most lethal players in the current crop, has five Test hundreds and ten fifties in 31 games, including centuries in England, Australia, and South Africa. In the run-up to the first India-Bangladesh Test, which begins on Wednesday, a video of Pant going all out in the nets has piqued fans’ interest.

“We are not having any special discussion with Rishabh. That’s his game and we know that. Nothing changes, that’s the way he prepares for any format, white ball and he is pretty much aware about his role in the team,” he said during the pre-match press conference.

“Our conversations are never around the way he is playing as he knows what the team expects out of him,” Mhambrey, who has seen Pant from his India U-19 days, said.

While he did not say whether India would play a third spinner or a third pacer, he was pleased that Umesh Yadav, with all of his experience, would lead the Indian pace attack.

“Umesh is a very experienced bowler. We all know what Umesh brings to the table. Unfortunately, he hasn’t got too many opportunities as we had Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj playing in England,” Mhambrey said.

“The team management has spoken to him and had discussions and we have lot of clarity as far as Umesh is concerned. The other way I look at it is that he will spearhead the attack and he has a lot of experience going into the series. I am also happy how Siraj has progressed in Tests and happy that he has delivered.”

The former India seamer admitted that Bumrah and Shami will be missed.

“Bumrah and Shami will be missed but we look at it as others getting an opportunity to play Test cricket and perform for the country,” said Mhambrey.

Mhambrey also admitted that after at least four months of continuous white-ball cricket, the transition to red-ball cricket will be critical.

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