Former South African skipper Shaun Pollock has compared two Indian wicketkeepers Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan. Both were a part of the playing XI in the first ODI against West Indies. Both the youngers were out for low scores. Kishan opened the batting and looked good for his 28 off 36 balls. However, he fell prey to spin trying to slog weep Akeal Hosein.
Rishabh Pant, on the other hand, was unlucky to get run-out at the non-striker’s end. In a straight drive, Suryakumar Yadav touched the toe of Windies pacer Alzarri Joseph and rocked the stumps as the southpaw was backed up for the run too much and failed to get back. India won the game comfortably in the end by six wickets.
Shaun Pollock felt that Kishan ‘managed to reign himself back’, while Pant has shown a tendency to not adjust to situations and be “one-dimensional” with his batting approach.
“I think sometimes we might be a little critical of Rishabh Pant who tends to be a little one-dimensional when it comes to the way he plays. He likes to be very aggressive and even if the situation doesn’t dictate that he has to do that, he goes about it the same way… I think I was quite impressed that he managed to reign himself back” Pollock said on Cricbuzz Chatter.
Ishan Kishan Managed To Reign Himself Back: Shaun Pollock
“The situation didn’t require him [to go after the bowlers]. We know he can do that role, we’ve seen that in the IPL, in the T20s. But it’s good to see a guy of that age being able to adjust to what’s required of him in the match and being able to say, ‘Okay, well my partner is going at 100 miles an hour, no real need for me to take risks; I’ll wait for the bad ball and do my job from there” Pollock further said.
Kishan was a late addition to the Indian squad as he was called in as a covid replacement after a few players including regular opener Shikhar Dhawan contracted the dreaded virus.
Kishan played decently well in the first game and looks to be persisted in the next two games as well. The scrutiny will be on Pant who has been lately promoted to number four in the batting order and has not made the most of the opportunities as yet.