“He (Pant) needs to be fearless because that is what makes him special. He is an impact player but at the same time he cannot afford to be careless,” Rathour told reporters ahead of the second T20 against South Africa in Mohali on Wednesday.
“He is a phenomenal player. (But) he needs to bring a little discipline in to his cricket.
“All the young players should understand that there is a fine line between fearless and careless cricket.
“Of course we want him to play all his shots,” the batting coach added.
India have focussed on T20s since after failure at the 50-over World Cup this year where they lost to New Zealand in the semi-finals.
The opening T20 of the three-match series against South Africa in Dharamsala on Sunday was abandoned because of rain.
“In the past T20 was not taken seriously. Now since you are preparing for the World Cup all these games are going to be extremely important,” said Rathour, a former India opener.
“And I think the next 20-21 games we will be playing will be our preparation for the World Cup.”
The World Cup is to be held in Australia in October-November next year.
(With AFP inputs)
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