Former England captain, Michael Vaughan is impressed by the improvements Rishabh Pant has made in his wicket-keeping and lauds his performance behind the stumps in the second Test match in Chennai.
While Rishabh Pant’s batting prowess seems to elevate match by match – 4 fifties in the last 4 Tests – it’s his keeping which was the biggest positive for Team India in Chennai, feels Michael Vaughan.
The wicket-keeper took two spectacular diving catches in England’s first innings; in the second innings, he made a couple of sharp stumpings, as the batsmen – Daniel Lawrence and Moeen Ali – stepped out of the crease – but Pant remained composed and stumped them out.
“I will be honest. I think the biggest positive for the Indian team was Rishabh’s keeping. I think that had been a massive question mark over the Indian team,” Michael Vaughan told Cricbuzz.
“We know that he’s active because he’s always a little bit chirpy and that’s fine. But you’ve got to be able to catch the ball. His keeping in this game has been very, very good, and that for me has been a massive positive for the Indian team. He needs to continue to work and get better, and catch a majority of the balls that come his way, and do it with better technique,” he added.
He’s still got a long way to become a consistent keeper: Michael Vaughan
The 46-year-old cricketer-turned-commentator while lauds Pant’s markedly improvements with the gloves, however, he reckons the 23-year-old still has to get a lot better if he is to become one of the finest in the world – and that he needs to be consistent. Michael Vaughan emphasizes that the youngster’s keeping needs to be at the top level if India has to become world beaters for a long time.
“I think it’s getting better all the time and he’s probably doing a lot of work on the training ground – he’s still got a long way to become a real, consistent keeper. One good Test match behind the stumps doesn’t make you a good wicketkeeper. He’s got to do it again.
“Can they be the best in the world over a generation? You can’t beat if your wicketkeeper is dropping the ball. That’s a fact. You just can’t. You need to keep a hold of the ball… stumpings, catches. Be very active behind the stumps,” the former English skipper added.