Former Australian wicketkeeper-batter Adam Gilchrist has urged the Indian team think tank to handle Rishabh Pant with ease.
Pant is one of the greatest finishers who can snatch the game from the opposition in any given format of the game. Pant scored his maiden ODI century against England in the third ODI in Manchester. His unbeaten 125 helped India not only to win by five wickets but also seal the series 2-1.
Rishabh Pant is one of the most exciting cricketers to watch: Adam Gilchrist
Pant has scored five Test hundreds at the age of 24 in Australia, England, South Africa and India. He became the first Asian wicketkeeper-batter to score centuries in ODIs and Tests.
Pant has often faced the flak of experts and fans the moment he gets out trying to play an aggressive shot.
“He (Pant) is one of the most exciting cricketers to watch, I think he just lights up a stage and makes an electric atmosphere when he is playing, that is wonderful,” Gilchrist told reporters.
“The BCCI, the management and the selectors will just need to be patient with him. A few innings if he doesn’t score they shouldn’t be too harsh on him, because you don’t want to suppress the natural flair,” he added.
IPL won’t diminish if Indian players play in other leagues: Adam Gilchrist
The BCCI has barred the Indian players from participating in the foreign T20 leagues. A player must announce retirement in order to play in other T20 competitions and they won’t be further allowed to play any events held under the BCCI.
Gilchrist, who captained now defunct Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab (now PBKS) in the IPL, believes Indian players’ participation in other leagues won’t bring down the value of the IPL.
“It will be wonderful (if the Indian players are allowed to play in overseas T20 leagues), I personally feel that it won’t diminish the IPL, it will only grow them as a brand. If they (Indian players) can play in Australia or South Africa,” Gilchrist said.
“But the challenge is we are all playing our domestic seasons at the same time, so that is a hard thing, isn’t it?,” he added.