Team India have dropped Rishabh Pant from the playing XI in the ongoing Test series against South Africa. After losing his place, the young wicket-keeper is working with former wicket-keeper Kiran More to fine-tune his skills.
Pant made it into the Test team as Wriddhiman Saha had to sit due to injury. The Delhi cricketer made immediate mark scoring centuries in England and Australia and averaging almost 45. However, there have been question marks over his wicket-keeping skills.
India skipper Virat Kohli also said that Saha is the best keeper in the world and their first choice for red-ball cricket. More so in these turning wickets with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja bowling in tandem.
Understanding his weak links, Rishabh Pant has gone back to the training to develop his wicket-keeping skills. He is reportedly working with former cricket Kiran More to improve his glovework. A source aware of the development said it is a normal training and nothing more than that.
“There isn’t anything to read into the move and the team feels that Pant just needs to fine-tune his keeping skills a bit when it comes to Indian conditions in red-ball cricket and that is why he has been working with More on those aspects,” the source told to IANS.
Kiran More also confirmed the same and said that this is a mutual thing and it has nothing to do with BCCI. More also said that he shares a cordial relationship with Rishabh Pant and he is just helping him to improve his game.
“We don’t have a schedule, it is on and off and not official. We just share a good relation,” he told IANS.
Furthermore, Kiran More heaped praise on Rishabh Pant saying that he has got good records. However, they are working on certain aspects and basic to get better which will help Pant to take the game to a higher level.
“He is keeping really well and I see a lot of improvement. He has got 53 dismissals in 11 Test matches and that is almost 5 dismissals per game. Every day you play, every day you grow. He has come up really well. The basics are very important and he has been working on that,” he concluded.