The head coach of the Indian National Cricket team, Ravi Shastri has admitted that young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant is still in their ICC World Cup 2019 plans later this year in England and Wales.
Meanwhile, the selectors dropped the young cricketers from the ODIs against Australia and New Zealand owing to poor form in the series against Windies. However, Rishabh Pant turned the tables in the Test series against Australia with his aggressive strokeplay. He was in excellent touch in Sydney scoring an unbeaten hundred which earned praise from one and sundry. So much so, few former cricketers drew comparisons with legendary Adam Gilchrist. With his stint in Australia, he has almost sealed the Test berth. However, many called the inclusion of Rishabh Pant across the formats.
And now, head coach Ravi Shastri also hailed Rishabh Pant saying that he is an outstanding player. Praising him, Shastri stated that Pant’s ability to listen and learn makes him stand apart from the rest. In addition to, Shastri also revealed an anecdote when they gave a challenge to Pant in Sydney to score a hundred, and he came back scoring an unbeaten 150 plus runs.
“Outstanding (player)! What I love about that kid is his self-confidence, and his ability to listen and learn. Take his hundred in the Sydney Test – we challenged him on the morning of the game to get a hundred. I told him, ‘be smart with Nathan Lyon, and attack the fast bowlers. And he got 150. What a special kid…What a special talent!” Shastri said to Cricbuzz.
Still in World Cup plans
Speaking about Rishabh Pant’s chances in the upcoming World Cup, Ravi Shastri noted that there is still time to see and they will also take the Indian Premier League form into consideration. Also, they said that they would pick side solely based on the current form and they will consider it till the date of selecting the team.
“As far as World Cup plans are concerned, we will have to see. Selectors will discuss that. Pant has been playing for India A and he came here (New Zealand) for T20s. We will have to see. As far as selection for the World Cup is concerned, this process will carry on till the last minute.
We will see one month of IPL form as well. So, current form will be crucial. We have to really consider form when selecting the side, or for the 1-2 spots that are left,” he signed off.