Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels that Rishabh Pant is “one for the future” when it comes to captaincy as well, apart from his copious batting talent.
Leading the Delhi Capitals for the first time, in IPL 2021, in place of the injured Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant has taken the side to the top of the points table when the season got suspended last week due to an outburst of covid-19 cases in four different franchises.
The 23-year-old career has been catapulted in the past few months. From being dropped from the Indian side in all three formats, Pant has made a staggering comeback across formats with his belligerent and inspiring batting performances; his previously much-criticized wicket-keeping skills have also clearly improved.
By the sixth game, one could see that he was getting tired of being asked about being captain: Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar lauded the youngster for his captaincy in the IPL 2021 for the Capitals, who reached their maiden IPL final last season under Iyer. The 71-year-old observed that Pant was getting annoyed at being asked regularly about his captaincy during the IPL.
Sunil Gavaskar acknowledges that the southpaw made some tactical errors during the truncated season, but considering Pant’s age and experience, he will learn and only get better from hereon. The former opener backs the Uttarakhand-born as a potential candidate for leading the Indian side as well in the future.
“The standout team Delhi Capitals under young Rishabh Pant. By the sixth game, one could see that he was getting tired of being asked about being captain. Every presenter at the post-game ceremony had the same question to him.
“What he showed was a spark that can become a roaring fire if allowed to burn naturally. Yes, he will make mistakes; which captain doesn’t?” Sunil Gavaskar wrote in his column for Sportstar.
“But like he showed in the few games in the IPL that he is clever enough to learn and his usual street-smart savvy meant he was on top of most situations and was finding his own method to get out of sticky ones. He is one for the future, no doubt about it. That’s because he has shown that talent can meet opportunity only when it walks hand in hand with temperament,” Sunil Gavaskar further stated.
After heroic performances with the bat against Australia and England, Rishabh Pant will be soon seen in the whites again during the World Test Championship final versus New Zealand on