Former English spinner, Monty Panesar has opened up on the Indian wicketkeeping conundrum. The former spinner has cleared as to who would be his wicketkeeper if he were to lead team India in Australia. Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha are the two frontrunners for the position. Wriddhiman Saha was entrusted by faith in the first Test.
However, his poor performance with the bat has led to a lot of criticism, by players, past and present. A lot of former cricketers have vouched for Rishabh Pant, being the Indian wicketkeeper in the second Test match.
Now, former English spinner Monty Panesar has also shared his views on the entire conundrum and stated as to why he would choose Rishabh Pant in Australia.
Monty Panesar In Favour Of Rishabh Pant Keeping Wickets For Team India In Australia
In an exclusive conversation with CricketAddictor, Monty Panesar said, “If I were to lead India, I would go for Rishabh Pant, to be honest. I think he has a bit more edgy character. He is not shy of saying a few things on the field. Team India need to invest in Rishabh Pant. They should prepare the next Adam Gilchrist for India.”
“Wriddhiman Saha could play the specialist batsman role. I always believe you need a keeper who can say a few words. Who is not very passive and should be able to under the skin of the opposition batsmen. If they are having quite a decent session, I can expect Rishabh Pant saying a few words to rattle the Australian batsmen,” Monty Panesar added.
Saha Failed To Leave A Mark In The First Test
Wriddhiman Saha came out to bat in a critical situation in both the innings and failed to make a mark in both the innings. Saha could score only 9 runs in 26 balls in the first innings. he departed playing a loose shot to Mitchell Starc.
In the 2nd innings, he could score only 4 runs in the 15 balls. He was caught by Marnus Labuschagne off Josh Hazlewood. Team India registered their lowest-ever score in Test cricket.