Dubai, Former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody believes that the position in which wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant for the Delhi Capitals arrived in the UAE before the start of the IPL was not very good and hence he is not able to perform better in this IPL.
Pant has scored 274 runs in 10 matches for Delhi Capitals in IPL-13 at an average of 30.44 and his strike rate is also 112.29.
Moody said in Cricinfo’s program, the situation where Pant reached the UAE was not very good, because it was very bad in terms of fitness. According to my understanding, they are not in the position they should have been.
He said, I agree that everyone was in lockdown and some challenges were in the meantime, but according to me no excuse can run. We are not playing in the 70s or 80s.
Moody, 55, gave the example of Virat Kohli, the captain of the Indian team, stating that the rest of the players should learn about fitness from them.
Moody said, when it comes to preparation, there is a role model like Virat Kohli in the Indian team and hence there is no place to make excuses. I think Pant’s lack of movement spoils your rhythm not only physically but also mentally and then he gets injured.
Pant has not been selected in the Indian team for the limited overs series to be held on Australia tour.