Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant received a lot of praise for how he kept wickets during the second Test against England in a square turning pitch in Chennai. However, the highest of praise came from none other than Australia’s legendary keeper Adam Gilchrist.
Gilchrist, known as one of the best wicketkeepers the game has ever since, spent much of his early years in Australian team keeping to the likes of Stuart Macgill and above all, Shane Warne. He had made his Australia debut in 1997 and played his first Test in 1999, making an immediate impact with the bat. However, he kept brilliantly to Warne as well, especially in subcontinent conditions.
Today Its Rishabh Pant, Adam Gilchrist Praises Indian Wicketkeeper’s Glove Work
Adam Gilchrist followed the second Test between India and England which was played in MA Chidambaram stadium on what was a pitch that turned from day one and had both wicketkeepers, India’s Rishabh Pant and England’s Ben Foakes on their toes. The glovework was excellent from both the keepers, with Foakes accounting for five stumpings in the match.
Rishabh Pant also earned praise for his excellent glovework with two amazing catches, albeit to Indian fast bowlers, with him taking a one-handed blinder to remove Ollie Pope. This led to Adam Gilchrist praising both Foakes and Pant for their skills.
“Yesterday it was Foakes, today it’s @RishabhPant17 #brilliant,” Gilchrist tweeted.
Rishabh Pant noticed the praise and tweeted in reponse saying, “Thanks Means a lot coming from you”
However, a bigger test awaits Rishabh Pant, when India and England meet in the third Test match which will be played at the New Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad. This will be the first time the new stadium will host an international encounter, given that it is the largest cricket stadium in the world, having a capacity of 1,10,000 people.
The match will also be a day-night affair, played with the pink ball, and will test Pant a lot, as the pink ball seams and swing a lot. It moves off the pitch a lot, as evident from the only day-night Test played in India in Kolkata, which had kept Wriddhiman Saha on his toes and he is widely regarded as the best Indian keeper at the moment.
Here is Rishabh Pant’s response to Adam Gilchrist’s praise:
Thanks Means a lot coming from you
— Rishabh Pant (@RishabhPant17) February 17, 2021