Rishabh Pant is still getting a lot of flak for his wicketkeeping skills, especially in India, but the team’s vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has shown confidence in the Delhi lad getting better with the gloves as time goes on. He said that Pant will improve as a keeper he gets more match time in India.
The 23-year-old has improved a lot with the bat, even guiding India to a brilliant win in the Brisbane Test on the recent tour of Australia. Before that, he has stroked a brilliant 97 in the Sydney Test that ended in a tough-fought draw. India won the Test series 2-1, for the second consecutive time in Australia, and Rishabh Pant deservedly got a lot of credit for that.
However, his keeping has been an issue, given that he missed many catches and even a couple of stumpings in Tests in Australia. However, his shortcomings with the gloves were more evident in the recent Test match against England in Chennai, in the second innings, when the ball turned sharply and had uneven bounce.
Rishabh Pant Will Get Better As A Wicketkeeper The More He Plays In India: Ajinkya Rahane
Speaking in a virtual press conference on the eve of the second Test match against England, Ajinkya Rahane touched upon the topic of Rishabh Pant and his struggles with wicketkeeping. He said that Pant was a match-winner and the team needed to back talent like him.
“Rishabh Pant will get better as a wicketkeeper the more he plays in India. We know what he can do with the bat and you need to back such players. The communication to Pant is to try and make him understand the shots he can play and avoid. There are times where he has to understand that he has to put the team first and be sensible, he has done that most of the time,” said Rahane.
Rishabh Pant has also been criticized for throwing away his wicket despite dominating the opposition bowling. He fell on 97 in the Sydney Test match and even in the 1st Test in Chennai, he fell for 91 runs in the 1st innings, trying to hit Dom Bess for a six, and was caught by Jack Leach.