Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, Gautam Gambhir, and Yuvraj Singh are few of the finest Indian cricketers. They are not only good cricketers but also have a great sense of the game. And of late, they have emerged as ardent advocates of young Indian wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant. Despite his lack of big scores, they are backing him to come good amid intense pressure on the 21 years old, who is struggling to make a smooth transition to limited-over formats and is likely to be axed even from Tests.
The Indian team management has been rather harsh on the talented cricketer and has even criticized him openly in the press. They are not at all happy with Pant. And now as per a report, India’s head coach Ravi Shastri and captain, Virat Kohli want to play Wriddhiman Saha ahead of Pant in the three-match Test series against South Africa, which commences from October 2.
“The selectors are in a mood to give one final chance to Pant in the first Test, but the team management (Shastri and Kohli) wants Saha to play from the start of the series itself,” a source was quoted by The Times of India as saying.
“The problem is, Pant’s lack of success with the bat is hurting his confidence while keeping wickets too. His DRS reviews aren’t great. In Indian conditions, on turning wickets, he may struggle. Saha is a far better ‘keeper than him, and get a few useful runs lower down the order too,” the source further said.
Notably, Pant made an unbeaten 159 three innings ago in Test cricket against Australia in Sydney. In fact, he was the second-highest run-getter in India’s historic Test triumph over Australia.