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‘Being Overweight Doesn’t Give him Much Time’: Danish Kaneria on Pant’s ‘Fitness’

Written by Abhishek Patil

The discussion around Rishabh Pant’s form and fitness seems to be unending. The T20I series against South Africa hasn’t gone well for him so far. Lack of runs and similar ways of getting out are some of the reasons that have allowed the critics to speak volumes about him.

Now, former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria has commented on the fitness of the young wicketkeeper-batter.

“When a fast bowler bowls, Rishabh Pant doesn’t go down on his toes; he keeps standing. Maybe because being overweight or bulky doesn’t give him that much time to come up quickly. It raises concern over his fitness. Is he 100 per cent fit? But when it comes to his captaincy, bowlers and batters including Hardik and Karthik have supported him well. Pant also has a chance to become the first captain to win a T20 series against South Africa,” said Kaneria on his YouTube channel.

“Pant will have to improve his batting style. There is KS Bharat available and I don’t see any wrong in bringing in Wriddhiman Saha. Just give a break to Rishabh Pant,” added the former Pakistan cricketer.

The likes of Wasim Jaffer and Dale Steyn have even said that going by current form, Pant could find himself out of the playing XI in T20Is.

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