Ajay Ratra, former India wicketkeeper shared his thoughts on his wicketkeeping in Australia and then in India while speaking on Rishabh Pant’s recent performances beginning with the tour Down Under. Rishabh Pant has emerged as one of the most improved players of the Indian team in the recent past.
Rishabh Pant, who was often criticized for poor glovework and uninspiring results with the bat, has shown meteoric rise to cement his place in the national team across formats. His turnaround began in the 2020/21 Australia tour, where not only did he replace Wriddhiman Saha as the team’s first-choice wicketkeeper, but also won his team much-needed matches.
Ajay Ratra: Rishabh Pant Is Working On The Glove Work
Ajay Ratra, who works with the youngster Rishabh Pant in the Delhi Capitals (DC) camp, said he is improving and can get better more with age on his side. India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has improved with bat and with gloves recently as shown in Australia tour and England’s home Tests.
“I have been following Rishabh’s progress and feel he has improved on his footwork. He is working on the glove work. I feel he can improve more on glove work. Age is on his side,” maintained Ajay Ratra while speaking to SportsKeeda.
Rishabh Pant scored 274 runs at an average of 68.50 in five innings for India against Australia. The keeper continued his form against England where he hit 270 runs at an average of 54.00. He had led India to victory at Brisbane and then his scintillating hundred against England at Motera impressed everyone. Rishabh Pant captained for the first time in IPL 2021. He scored 91,11, unbeaten 58, 8, and 101 in the 5 innings against England.
Ajay Ratra: When MS DShoni Made His Debut, He Was Not That Great
Ajay Ratra, 39, compared his progress to former India captain MS Dhoni’s, saying the swashbuckling left-hander will gain experience as he plays further.
“When Dhoni made his debut, he was not that great. He learned at the international level and gained confidence from his batting. The same thing applies to Rishabh also. He has been batting so well and kept well in Indian conditions. If he continues that, we can see a much-improved Rishabh Pant,” concluded Ajay Ratra.
Rishabh Pant was last seen in action during IPL 2021. While leading Delhi Capitals, the 23-year-old scored 213 runs in 8 matches. He will next turn up for the Indian team during the England Tour, where India will play the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) against New Zealand followed by a five-match Test series against the host nation.
Delhi Capitals had an impressive run under the young wicketkeeper-batsman and, in fact, was the table-toppers with six wins from eight matches when the T20 league was postponed. India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has climbed to his career-best 6th ranking in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen.
MS Dhoni, who retired recently, scored exactly 200 runs in IPL 2020 averaging only 25 and wasn’t at his best in IPL 2021 too managing only 37 runs in 7 games averaging a meagre 12.33 when IPL 2021 was postponed due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 in bio bubble. IPL 2021 is set to resume in UAE in September-October.