The young Team India wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been in the firing line after failing to live upto the expectations since the ICC World Cup 2019. Pant came up the ranks to be the first choice wicket-keeper after MS Dhoni went in a sabbatical. With fans crying for Dhoni’s return after each failure from the youngster, former India cricketer Kiran More has come out in support of the struggling Pant.
Since the series against West Indies just after the World Cup, Rishabh Pant has managed to amass only one half-century in T20Is. His performance in the ODIs is also not worth talking about and amidst all, he lost his place to Wriddhiman Saha in the red-ball format. Moreover, with Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan waiting in the wings, Pant is feeling the pressure which has affected his natural game.
Don’t compare Pant with Dhoni or Saha: Kiran More
Rishabh Pant will hope to fire in the forthcoming series against West Indies starting from December 6. Ahead of the start of the series where his performance will be under the scanner, he has got support in the form of Kiran More. The former wicket-keeper has urged one and all not to compare Pant with MS Dhoni and Wriddhiman Saha.
“He is a talented wicketkeeper. Don’t forget he is only 22 and don’t compare him with Dhoni or Saha,” More told mid-day. “There is no doubt that Saha is the best wicketkeeper, but Pant is India’s second-best ‘keeper. He is fast improving. You cannot get a century in England and Australia if you lack skills to bat. Not to forget, he [scored those centuries] on his first tours to Australia and England. He is a great talent. We have to give him some time to settle down. He is learning a lot and is quite intelligent. He can absorb advise very quickly,” More added.
Meanwhile, Kiran More is working with Rishabh Pant to improve his wicket-keeping skills. More wants to work with the Delhi cricketer for seven days at a stretch to rectify his mistakes. The former India selector has also had a chat with head coach Ravi Shastri over the same and is likely to hold the training session soon.
“Yes, I have been coaching him, but I have not got many sessions. We talk regularly over the phone. I told Ravi Shastri [head coach] that I need a week at a stretch with him,” More concluded.