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Pant has silenced his critics forever: coach Sinha

Sinha said Pant had a point to prove that he belongs to top-flight cricket.

Kolkata: Rishabh Pant’s coach Tarak Sinha on Tuesday said his ward has silenced his critics forever by playing the innings of his life during India’s successful run chase to win the series-clinching fourth Test against Australia in Brisbane.

Pant, 89 not out off 138 balls, took on the fearsome Australian attack head on with an innings of utmost maturity to power India to a three-wicket win on a challenging fifth day track.

“He (Pant) has now silenced his critics forever with this innings. It’s about having full faith in a player after giving him a chance,” Sinha.

“I’m sure his wicket-keeping will improve. Once you are assured of your place in the team, and everyone says you are good, everything else starts falling in place. It’s about gaining confidence.”

Often criticised for poor shot selection and sloppy wicket-keeping, Pant went out of favour in both the limited over formats and was not included in the first Test in Adelaide before being included in the playing XI in the remaining three matches.

Sinha said Pant had a point to prove that he belongs to top-flight cricket.

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