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‘Pant might find it difficult to get back his fluency at IPL’s onset’


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New Delhi, March 18: Rishabh Pant will find it “very difficult” to be at his fluent best at the beginning of the IPL but Sunil Gavaskar expects that his knees will react better once he starts batting more and more in match situations.
Having survived a horrific car crash in December, 2022, Pant will make a comeback to competitive cricket after more than 14 months as Delhi Capitals captain after an extensive rehabilitation programme.
“It’ll be very difficult. But the good thing is he (Pant) has played some cricket. So he has got some practice. To get fluency in batting is a little tough,” Gavaskar told ‘Star Sports’.
He then explained his point of view.
“When you talk of a knee injury, the pivoting that takes place. Wicket-keeping is difficult as well, but even in batting, the knee is quite important. So, maybe, in the beginning, we won’t see the real Rishabh Pant that we are used to,” the maestro said.
Pant’s presence and his chatty nature also adds to the entertainment quotient, Gavaskar admitted.
Gavaskar is also interested in how Shubman Gill’s maiden captaincy stint turns out. (PTI)


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