Former Indian National Cricket team wicket-keeper Farokh Engineer has backed young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant to be a part of India’s World Cup squad in England and Wales.
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Meanwhile, the selectors have dropped Rishabh Pant for the upcoming three-match ODI series against owing to poor form in previous outings. However, Pant showed tremendous form in the Sydney Test of the Border-Gavaskar series slamming an unbeaten 159. His spectacular knock earned accolades all over the world many urging Rishabh Pant to include in the formats. And now, Farokh Engineer has joined the bandwagon to draft the young keeper in all the formats.
“The question for the Indian selectors is now: Would you pick Dhoni for the World Cup (in England this summer)? How can you drop Pant? He’s done so well,” wondered Engineer.
Farokh Engineer, who played 46 Test for India shared high praise for Rishabh Pant saying that he reminds him of his younger days.
“Rishabh reminds me of my younger days. His approach is same as (MS) Dhoni’s. Encourage him by all means, But don’t praise him sky-high at the moment,” he will learn from his mistakes,” Engineer said.
“I was commentating in England then and Dhoni came to me and I gave him a few tips. I wish I could have a couple of sessions with Pant. He would come out a hundred million times better wicketkeeper,” he added.
Engineer wants to have a session with Pant
The 86-year-old Farokh Engineer admitted that he wants to teach Rishabh Pant a trick or two to help him improve his wicket-keeping skills. In addition to, he also pointed out that faults in the wicket-keeper from Delhi.
“He snatches the ball, gets up too early, does not move his feet. In England, he would dive when the ball would move to the legside. A good wicket-keeper doesn’t dive all the time, he moves his feet.” he concluded.