New Delhi: Between Wriddhiman Saha and Rishab Pant, who is more popular? Of course, Pant. Right? Why so? Is it true that no one wants to become a Saha? Explaining this phenomenon, former Indian cricketer and a reputed coach Chandrakant Pandit told India Ahead in a Facebook chat that the shorter versions of the game like IPL are the responsible factors.
“The modern-day cricketers are all fascinated with Pant. Aggression is the reason behind this. Pant is one of them. He has won so many Test matches for us with his aggressive approach, and he has also got out playing bad shots. But he has managed his success rate well, and that is why Pant is a preferred choice,” Pandit said.
So, there should be a balance of equations, but what do we do when a domestic player for a decade doesn’t get an IPL contract whereas a newbie can get it in a short period? It has plagued Indian cricket and given headaches to state associations and BCCI. Pandit also admitted that it is indeed challenging for a coach as well.
“It is challenging to see two mindsets of different players. One is playing the Ranji Trophy, while the other is a star from the shorter formats with better monetary gains, and it is really about how well one can balance these two mindsets. A successful Ranji Trophy wants a push into the shorter formats while the other is looking for validation as a good day’s cricketer. Sometimes, my real nature comes out as a coach. I have to straight away tell them the requirements.
“That is the most important thing. When playing for the state, the priority should be only for the state team. Everyone is equal when it comes to day’s cricket,” Pandit reasoned.
And being a hard taskmaster isn’t easy either. By his admission — Pandit isn’t the most popular coach at Indian domestic cricket. But he doesn’t mind that because he is the most impactful at the Indian domestic scene.