Of late, Rishabh Pant is being on the news more often than not for quite a few reasons. This time, once again, he is on the news, as the former selector Sambaran Benerjee feels that Wriddhiman Saha must be played ahead of Rishabh Pant in the Test format of the game.
Ever since Wriddhiman Saha had an injury on his shoulder, the replacement Rishabh Pant cemented his place in the Test side with a brilliant performance in overseas Test. He achieved quite a few rare records during the overseas series against England and Australia.
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However, since then, he hardly performed for the team, which made a huge impact. Now, the former selector of the Indian National Cricket Team asks the team management to look after Wriddhiman Saha ahead of Rishabh Pant in Test Cricket.
Do we require Rishabh Pant hitting in Tests? Asks Sambaran Benerjee:
Speaking of Saha, Sambaran quoted that Saha has been way better Wicket-keeper than Rishabh Pant. With Indian pitches set to offer decent turn for the spinner, Benerjee feels that having Saha behind the stumps will do a world of good to the team.
“We need a specialist wicketkeeper in Test cricket. There is no doubt that Saha is a far better ‘keeper. I agree that Pant can score at a faster pace, but do we require that against South Africa?” Pant has to improve his hitting, especially on the leg side. He has to work a lot on his leg-side gathering. Saha was not dropped, he was injured, so he should get his place back,” Banerjee said.
“There’s no question of ignoring Saha. He is a must; a safe ‘keeper. His batting is not that bad. In fact, it’s quite good. Technique and temperament-wise he is far better than any other ‘keeper. As far as Test cricket is concerned, it should be a ‘keeper-batsman and not a batsman-keeper. I feel Saha will get the nod ahead of Pant from the team management.”
Well, as Sambaran Benerjee said, it is very important to have a better Wicket-keeper behind the stumps, as there would be a lot of caught-behind and Stumpings could happen during the course of the series.