Rishabh Pant, who has been under fire for his wicketkeeping skills, took 2 brilliant catches to dismiss England’s Ollie Pope and Jack Leach as visitors England got bowled out for 134 in their first innings.
Former cricketer and opener Gautam Gambhir was full of praise for Rishabh Pant and his wicketkeeping skills on the 2nd day of the 2nd Test between India and England in Chennai on Sunday.
Rishabh Pant Is Confident From Batting Well Which Is Reflecting On His Wicketkeeping Skills: Gautam Gambhir
Rishabh Pant, who has been under severe criticism for his wicketkeeping skills, took 2 brilliant catches as England could manage only 134 in reply to India’s 329.
Gautam Gambhir said the keeper’s impressive work behind the stumps was mainly due to his form with the bat after he scored 58 not out in India’s first innings.
“He’s just confident from batting. If you are batting really well it just reflects on your keeping as well. This is probably the toughest wicket to keep against Ashwin, Axar. He’s only going to get better from here on looking at the way he’s kept wickets in this innings.”
“Obviously it was a big challenge for him, and it’s only going to get easier from here on. And I’m sure, over a period of time once he keeps scoring runs and keeps working on his keeping, he’s got to be a great package for India because someone who can bat at No.6 and change the game for India, there are not many in world cricket at the moment, probably Buttler is someone who can change the game with his batting skill and he’s a good wicketkeeper.
Rishabh Pant scored 274 runs in 3 Tests in Australia averaging 68.5. He scored 91,11, unbeaten 58, and 8 in the 4 innings against England amassing 168 runs in 4 innings.
Gautam Gambhir: If Rishabh Pant Keeps Playing As He Has Done In 2nd Test, He Will Be A Great Asset In Future
Rishabh Pant missed 3 successive tons as he registered scores of 97, 89*, and 91 against Australia at Sydney and Brisbane and against England in 1st Test.
“So Rishabh Pant, if he keeps doing what he’s done in this Test match, he’s a great asset for Indian cricket,” Gambhir said on Star Sports.
India took a first-innings lead of 195 runs after bowling out England cheaply mainly due to spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s 29th five-wicket haul. The hosts then came out to bat and have scored in excess of 150 increasing the lead to above 350 despite losing 6 wickets. Both the unbeaten batsmen Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin are batting having scored in excess of 30.