Former India wicket-keeper, Kiran More likened Rishabh Pant to former Australia legend, Adam Gilchrist when it comes to Test cricket. More underpinned it on the fact that both are aggressive, dynamic, left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman batting at number 7.
The former chief national selector believes that Rishabh Pant adds batting depth and is a better batsman than Wriddhiman Saha. The 58-year-old feels that the youngster should get more chances in the future as he is one of the most dangerous batsmen in the world.
“If you look at batting depth, I will go with Rishabh because when we are looking at the second new ball when Rishabh walks in, he is the most dangerous player once he gets going. It’s like Adam Gilchrist batting at number seven,” Kiran More told Sportskeeda.
Rishabh Pant not included in the first Test in Adelaide
A day before the series gets underway, the BCCI announced the Indian team for the first Test. Saha has been picked over Pant for the Adelaide Test, which is the first-ever day-night affair between the two sides.
Pant played over the Bengal keeper in the Test series in New Zealand; he also scored a dashing century in the second warm-up match- however, Saha gets the nod over the Delhi Capitals keeper. It is believed that since Saha is a better gloveman than Pant, hence the right-hander is selected over the southpaw.
But Kiran More explains that keeping in Australia is not as difficult as it is in other parts of the world. More maintains since the ball doesn’t swing much in Australia, keeping shouldn’t be an issue.
More, who played 49 Tests for India wants Pant in the eleven since he is a better batter than Saha- Pant is the only Indian wicket-keeper in the history to notch a Test hundred in England and Australia.
“It’s not difficult to keep wickets in Australia. When you look at the overall wicketkeeping in Australia, the ball comes nicely to you, there is good bounce.
“Only the last one or two days is when the ball bounces and turns. That’s what I am thinking about. So that becomes very comfortable. It’s not like in India [and] subcontinent the ball keeps low or up and down. So I think Rishabh has a fair chance,” Kiran More added.