Rishabh Pant Should be India’s Second Wicketkeeper in World Cup – Ricky Ponting
Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting believes there are no better options for the India National Cricket Team to pick Rishabh Pant as a second wicketkeeper-batsman. MS Dhoni is going to be India’s first choice gloveman whereas Punter feels Pant can deliver the goods as a back-up keeper in the squad.
Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant hasn’t had a good time in the recent past. He was booed by the Mohali crowd when he bungled the stumping chance of Ashton Turner, which proved to be fatal for the hosts. Pant is still a rookie at the International level and it was unfair to compare him with the legendary MS Dhoni.
Pant will like to repeat the performances of IPL 2018.
In fact, Ponting believes Pant was lucky that this incident happened in the fourth ODI as it would have been difficult for him to play with pressure had the same instance had took place in the initial stage of the series.
Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant has made a solid entry to the red ball version. He was the second highest run-getter in the four-match Test series against Australia where he amassed 350 runs.
Furthermore, Rishabh Pant will be returning to his favourite format in the IPL. The combative southpaw opener was the second highest run-scorer in the previous season as he had accumulated 684 runs in 14 IPL matches.
Pant will be under some pressure.
Subsequently, Ricky Ponting believes he will have a job in hand to handle Rishabh Pant and guide him to the right path in the IPL 2019 for the Delhi Capitals.
Ponting said while talking to Cricbuzz, “I think it’s actually a big job for me and the coaches when he comes in, to make him forget what’s happened in the last few days. He’s probably lucky it happened in the last couple of games. It would have been hard to play all five games under that kind of pressure. Now he’s back in a competition where he has dominated in the past. If he can win a couple of games for us then everything will be forgotten. I can’t see anyone better than him as a second wicketkeeper in that Indian World Cup squad”.
Rishabh Pant is yet to prove his mettle in the limited overs format for the national side. Thus, the Delhi-based prodigy batsman will like to turn the tables in the upcoming Indian Premier League. Pant will like to impress in the IPL and he would like to back his aggressive style of play.
Delhi Capitals will begin their IPL campaign against Mumbai Indians at iconic Wankhede Stadium on 24th March.
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