Former India batter Sanjay Manjrekar has said that the young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant’s improvement as a wicket-keeper has been remarkable, just like legendary wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni.
Pant played exceptionally well in the recently concluded one-off Test against England at the Edgbaston, Birmingham. However, his efforts went in vain after India lost the match by 7 wickets.
Notably, Pant batted with his natural swashbuckling style and smashed an 89-ball century in the first innings. Hs was dismissed by Joe Root in the 67th over and he scored 146 runs off 111 balls, including 19 fours and 4 sixes. Also, in the second innings, he smashed a terrific century.
Former India batter Manjrekar said that he is pleased to see Pant taking the wicketkeeping duties seriously.
“No doubt about that (Pant, the batter, impressed). He has established himself as a potential great that we are watching. 5 hundreds and just one at home and rest away from home is just incredible. But I want to just talk about his keeping, a lot has been spoken about his batting,” Manjrekar told Sony Sports on Friday.
“I just love how seriously he has taken that job. Because, after doing well with the bat, you can sometimes ease off. I was a little sceptical about his ability as a keeper, especially in these kind of conditions,” he added.
The big news for India is the growth of Pant the wicketkeeper – Sanjay Manjrekar
Manjrekar further said that Pant has made a lot of improvements in his wicketkeeping just like legendary India captain Dhoni made as he gained more experience in international cricket.
“The big news for India is the growth of Pant the wicketkeeper. You don’t see him chattering much around the stumps. He has taken the job very seriously, and his improvement has been remarkable, just like Dhoni.
“How he sort of improved as a keeper. I loved his commitment because you can take this job a little easy while being so successful as a batter. It’s strikingly brilliant,” Manjrekar said.
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