India and South Africa will take on each other in a three-match T20I series starting from September 15 at Dharamshala. A lot of eyes will be fixated on Rishabh Pant, who had a largely unimpressive tour of West Indies as India’s first-choice wicket-keeper batsman across formats. But, T20 format is something that Pant has impressed us the most, especially in IPL.
Former Indian cricketer, Gautam Gambhir has a warning for Rishabh Pant. Gambhir wrote in his column for Times of India that Pant needs to perform better so that he can counter challenges thrown at him by Kerala wicket-keeper batsman, Sanju Samson, who recently awed one and all with a brilliant fifty against South Africa A.
“It is another opportunity for young Indian batsmen to cement their place in the side. Manish Pandey looks much younger than his age of 29. Shreyas Iyer explained enough in the West Indies that he is a great deal more than the ‘South Bombay’ swag. KL Rahul is a force in white-ball format. Rishabh Pant is always exciting but he has to watch his back as my favourite Sanju Samson is throwing some serious challenges at him. It is an exciting series as there are a lot of individual battles going on considering the T20 World Cup next year,” wrote Gambhir.
Gambhir also compared Quinton de Kock with Kumara Sangakkara and Brian Lara.
“In the context of South Africa’s tour of India, the visitors may relate to this as this is their first international engagement after a forgetful World Cup campaign. I like Quinton de Kock. He is one of those gorgeous left-handers which I always aspired to be but could never be. In full flow, he reminds me of Kumara Sangakkara and Brian Lara. Hopefully, he delivers as a captain but not at the cost of curtailing fluidity of his batting,” Gambhir said.