Former Indian wicket-keeper batsman, Deep Dasgupta has opined that India should play Wriddhiman Saha instead of Rishabh Pant as gloveman for the three-match Test series against South Africa that is scheduled to get underway from October 2 in Visakhapatnam.
“Post his recovery from injury, Wriddhi has delivered and done whatever one has asked of him. There is no shadow of doubt that he is the best wicketkeeper in the world at present. The only question was whether Wriddhi was a good enough batsman, especially when the team is looking to play five bowlers,” Dasgupta was quoted as saying in The Telegraph.
“Now, from the batting perspective, ever since Wriddhi’s comeback, he has scored runs every time he has gone out to bat. He has performed for India A consistently,” he stated.
“Yes, one may ask if Wriddhi is a better batsman than Rishabh… Well, maybe not. Then the question arises that in this format, do you prefer a better keeper or a better batsman? But going by what I saw of Rishabh in the West Indies as far as his keeping is concerned and what’s expected at home in the coming Tests, I would go with Wriddhi,” he added.
Rishabh Pant hasn’t scored well in his last few innings across formats. But, notably, he had a fantastic Test series earlier this year in Australia, where he was the second-highest run-getter from either sides. The southpaw averaged 58.33 for 350 runs in the four-match Test series Down Under.
Saha hasn’t played for India since the tour of South Africa in 2018. Before Pant, he was India’s first-choice wicket-keeper batsman in Test cricket.