Rishabh Pant, who shot to fame in the U19 World Cup is being touted as the replacement of MS Dhoni for Team India across formats. However, the cricketer has lacked consistency and maturity required to be successful at the highest stage.
The swashbuckling batsman has been going through ups and downs in recent times and the management needs to keep their back-up options ready. On this West Indies tour, he did not look good at all, scoring only a single half-century in the third T20. He continued to struggle in the ODIs and Test formats as well.
With MS Dhoni now in the twilight of his career, India will have to look for backup options who can replace Pant when needed.
Here are the five wicket-keeper batsman who can replace Rishabh Pant in the Indian team:
5. Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik is 34 years old right-handed wicket-keeper batsman, who plays domestic cricket for Tamil Nadu. Karthik is known for his heroics in the Nidahas Trophy which took place last year where he scored 29 off 9 including a last-ball six to help India lift the trophy.
Karthik has been playing international cricket since 2004. He has been in and out of the side due to MS Dhoni’s presence throughout his career. The veteran cricketer is a star attraction in the IPL and is currently leading the Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL for the last two years.
Karthik can be a good replacement for Rishabh Pant in T20Is with the World T20 lined-up next year in Australia. Karthik has been exceptional in the T20 format always, be it for India, KKR or playing in Tamil Nadu Premier League.