Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar share high praise for Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw stating that they are the two brightest stars of Indian cricket.
Meanwhile, both Shaw and Pant starred as India whitewashed Windies by a margin of 2-0. While Shaw earned the man-of-the-series award for scoring 234 runs from three innings, Pant bagged the bankable player of the series for scoring 184 runs from two innings. Furthermore, he was extremely effective behind the stumps.
Speaking to India Today after India’s ten-wicket win at Hyderabad, Sunil Gavaskar praised the duo for the aggressive batting. It may look like that Prithvi Shaw got a slight edge over Rishabh Pant for that hundred but Gavaskar feels Pant is a game changer.
“Looking at the way Rishabh Pant has settled in the team, I wouldn’t disturb the combination at all. He can be someone like Adam Gilchrist or Quinton de Kock to come down the order and if four wickets have fallen early, to take the game away from the opposition. So, that has to be encouraged.
He can be destructive. If there is an Ajinkya Rahane or Virat Kohli at the other end, that’ll be an absolutely deadly combination,” Sunil Gavaskar said.
Moreover, the cricketer turned commentator also praised Rishabh Pant for working on his wicket-keeping skills. So much so, Gavaskar stated that Pant deserves a nod ahead of Wriddhiman Saha.
Prithvi Shaw had a dream start
Sunil Gavaskar also lauded Shaw for his dream start to international cricket. Stating that it won’t be easy for him in Australia, Gavaskar feels Shaw is still hungry for more runs.
“This is a dream start of the young man. He couldn’t have asked for a better start and he deserves it. He has been making adjustments and sure he won’t find it easy in Australia. Nobody finds it easy and he made adjustments today when he was struck in the hand and he hung in there. He is hungry for runs and hungry for hundreds,” Gavaskar continues.