Rishabh Pant’s wicketkeeping in England had made the news for all the wrong reasons. While the youngster impressed with his batting in the tough English conditions, he could not replicate it while standing behind the stumps. In conditions where the ball moved a lot, the youngster had a tough time dealing with the duke.
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In the first innings of the fourth Test, he conceded as many as 23 byes and had failed to make amends on the remainder of the tour. Not surprisingly, all eyers were on him when he was in Australia for the four-match Test series. But unlike the tour of England, the youngster put up a much improved show Down Under. Overall, he pulled off 20 catches with a world record-equalling 11 scalps in Adelaide.
And the youngster has now credited former India wicketkeeper Kiran More for his improved show in Australia.
“Keeping in England was an altogether different experience. After that, I worked with Kiran sir at the NCA on a few specific areas. It included hand-positioning and body posture. Every keeper has distinct movement and I tweaked it a little and it worked,” Pant told PTI.
Pant had also made a huge impression with the bat in Australia. In a series where only two batsmen crossed the 300-run mark, he was one of them. The youngster left behind the likes of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane to finish the series as the second highest run-scorer, scoring 350 runs including a 159-run knock in Sydney.
Regarding his confidence about his batting, he said the turning point for him was certainly the hundred at the Oval.
“When I got that hundred in England, the confidence rose to a different level. From there, I started constantly thinking that how can I improve in certain areas. The process of learning that started in England paid off in Australia,” said Rishabh Pant.