Former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath reckons Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant reminds him of former Aussie great Adam Gilchrist. This comes after former Australian skipper and Pant’s mentor at Delhi Capitals, Ricky Ponting, had drawn similarities with him and Gilchrist.
Pant, who is known for his counter-attacking style of play, has been under the scanner for his reckless shot selection. Despite being given a lot of opportunities, the left-hander has failed to nail down his spot in the Indian team across formats. Consequently, he has dropped from India’s ODI and T20I squad for the ongoing tour of Australia.
Though he did get selected for the Test team, Pant did not feature in the first pink-ball Test at the Adelaide Oval, which India lost by 8 wickets. However, Wriddhiman Saha’s poor display in the day-night Test paved way for Pant’s comeback in the ongoing second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Pant came on to bat at no. 6 on Day 2 and scored a quick 29 off 40 balls, laced with 3 boundaries. He looked in great touch but failed to convert his start into a big score. Amidst the ongoing Boxing-Day Test in Melbourne, McGrath lavished praise on Pant and said he reminded him of his former teammate Gilchrist.
“Rishabh Pant reminds me of Adam Gilchrist as he plays. Always he playing shots and is never afraid to play any shot. If you see them at the crease, they always keep doing something,” McGrath said on Sony Pictures Sports Network.
Former Indian pacer Ajit Agarkar, despite agreeing that the youngster has squandered a lot of chances, threw weight behind McGrath’s statement and said Pant should be backed by India a lot more in international cricket as he is too good a player to be ignored.
“Glenn just said that he is a bit like Adam Gilchrist. So if he’s got that X-factor why would you not have him on the team. Ok, in this game he’s batted at No. 6 so you’ll always get that from Rishabh Pant,” Agarkar said.
“There was bounce on that ball… it was close for him to cut. But you could see how much he’s worked on a pitch against a bowler whom players have to work hard against.”
“He’s a young player. When you have that sort of ability and potential in someone, might as well back him as much as you can. There will be few mistakes along the way but you’ve got to take it because he’ll win you a few games along the way as well,” he added.