Youngsters like Rishabh Pant play with freedom and without fear: Colin Munro

Rishabh Pant. (AFP Photo)Rishabh Pant. (AFP Photo)
HYDERABAD: Dashing batsman-wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant may have missed the World Cup bus but senior pro Colin Munro says that youngsters like him are a must for T20 cricket as they play with absolute freedom and without fear. Munro, who made a 24-ball 40 and gave Delhi Capitals the initial thrust against SRH, was all praise for Shreyas Iyer’s leadership quality.


Youth is the mantra:

Not wrong there. I am 32 and am one of the old dogs. Just seeing the young guys in our team coming in and playing with absolute freedom, no fear and with clarity in the way they go on about their cricket is great. They know their strengths and weaknesses at such a young age. You look at Rishabh (Pant) who just knows his game. Whether he is going in at No.4, 5, or 6, he’s gotta play the same way and its ok. We need such players in the T20 format to go out there and try to take the ball by the horns from the start and he showed that. The good thing about our team is that we have really experience international players and Indian players like Shikhar (Dhawan), Axar (Patel) and even Ishant (Sharma).

Shreyas - leading from the front:

Last year, he took it up half-way through the IPL. This season he has taken it with both hands. He is calm and collected on the field and you can see the way he plays his cricket. What’s good about him is that he is so young but is always eager to learn. Today he was speaking about fitness and all those stuff. It’s not just batting and bowling, he is working on all parts of his game and in captaincy he is getting stronger. I think with Ricky (Ponting) he is on a good relations and if he learns well, he will be definitely a good leader.

Batting at the death:

I don’t think there are any issues there. We are going out there and trying to set the game up nicely and focus on the power play. And then through the middle overs just to adapt to the slow bowlers, who bowled well tonight. When they bowled in the right areas it was hard to hit even when we bowled it wasn’t as easy to hit. It was a good surface but if you bowled the ball in the right area it was hard to hit. So, I think looking forward, we just have to back ourselves and not to think about it too hard or too much. Just go out there and play with freedom.

Bowlers’ came to the party:

Yes, obviously they got off to a good start but we stayed in the game and we stayed in the contest for every ball. We got those breakthroughs and those wickets at crucial stages. Even though they got a good start, they didn’t get away from us in terms of the run rate. So credit to our bowlers, who did a great job.

Putting pressure on rival bowlers:

I was obviously going to play to my strengths and that is going out there and trying to be aggressive. Even if they are bowling well, I am going to try and put the pressure back on them. I can’t just sit there and defend the ball. I put the pressure back on the bowlers as it makes the margin for error small for them. I just got to back my strengths as I did today. On a very good wicket, it helps in the way you apply. It was very pleasing to get my first game for Delhi on a good batting wicket.

Coming off the bench and scoring:

I think it’s more the mental fight than anything else and there is only so much training you can do. Batting at nets in different conditions around India and different needs it’s hard to know your game. You just have to rely on your instincts and your past performances to get you through. So it’s just about see bat on ball and I was lucky enough to get a couple in the middle.

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