“He is overweight” – Salman Butt slams Rishabh Pant for his fitness


“He is overweight” – Salman Butt slams Rishabh Pant for his fitness

Former Pakistani cricketer Salman Butt slammed Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant for not maintaining good fitness. He believes that Pant is overweight and not very agile. He made the comments while expressing his views on Pant’s dismissal in the first innings of the ongoing Test match between India and Bangladesh.

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Butt said that it would have been easier for the left-handed batter to execute innovative shots had he been fitter. “Rishabh Pant was playing the way he likes to, but he went for something innovative and got out. It was a weird dismissal as the ball hit the bat, pad before rattling the stumps.

I always speak on Rishabh Pant’s fitness because the kind of shots he plays and tries to innovate, it would be easier for him execute those shots if he was fit. I think he is overweight. Definitely, he is overweight and because of that, he is not very agile. He is under the level where he should be, in terms of fitness,” Butt said in a video uploaded on his YouTube channel.

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Rishabh Pant continues to perform in red-ball cricket

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant recently came under harsh criticism for wasting opportunities in white-ball cricket. He was given opening duties in the ODI series against Bangladesh in the absence of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. But once again, he failed to make an impact with the bat.

His competitors Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan, on the other hand, have shown greater numbers in recent games. This makes the case even more difficult for Pant going forward. Though he is under the strunity for his performance in limited-overs cricket, his position in the Test team remains unchallenged.

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Pant has great numbers in the longest format of the game and has been consistent with the bat. In the first innings of the first Test, he scored 46 runs off 45 balls, including six fours and two sixes. Unfortunately, he was dismissed in an unusual manner and couldn’t prolong his innings.

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