Salman Butt has said that veteran keeper Wriddhiman Saha acknowledging youngster Rishabh Pant should be India’s first-choice keeper for the tour of England is ample proof of the professionalism in the system.
In an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda, Wriddhiman Saha recently stated that he will wait for his turn as Rishabh Pant deserves to be Team India’s keeper for the World Test Championship final and the five-match series against England.
While lauding Wriddhiman Saha in a video shared on his YouTube channel, former Pakistan cricketer Salman Butt observed that the statement was a reflection of the true professionalism in the Indian system.
“Such things come out when you are true professionals. This is not an easy thing. Hats off to Wriddhiman Saha. I know him, we played together for the Knight Riders in the inaugural IPL. He is a very down-to-earth guy and he has said a fantastic thing. It shows his nobility, that he has spoken like that,” said Salman Butt.
Rishabh Pant has edged out Wriddhiman Saha as India’s premier wicket-keeper in the longest version of the game. He put in terrific performances both with the bat and behind the stumps in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and the home series against England.
Rishabh Pant was integrated into the team after Wriddhiman Saha was dropped for the second Test against Australia and during the course of the next 7 Tests against Australia and England, the 23-year-old proceeded to put consistent match-winning performances to nail down a permanent spot in the team.
Rishabh Pant smashed as many as three half-centuries and a hundred across seven Tests which includes an unbeaten 89* against Australia at the Gabba to help India win a historic series Down Under.
Salman Butt: Wriddhiman Saha’s Praise A Positive Sign For Indian Cricket
Salman Butt highlighted Wriddhiman Saha’s praise for Rishabh Pant shows that the Indian cricketing system has instilled a sense of security in their players.
“I see this as a very very positive sign for Indian cricket. This means whatever systems and policies they have, they have been successful to a large extent that their players don’t feel insecure,” Butt added.
The former Pakistan skipper concluded by stating that Wriddhiman Saha admitting that Rishabh Pant should be the first-choice pick shows that the team’s betterment is foremost in everyone’s minds.
“When you don’t feel insecure and you don’t have hesitation in saying what is better for the team, that means your system, policies and grooming have won because you realize that you are also there but at the moment the other person is better and should play,” signed off Butt.
Rishabh Pant made match-defining contributions with the bat during India’s tour of Australia and the four-Test series at home against England. He has been one of the principal contributors in Team India qualifying for the World Test Championship final. The youngster has also worked on his fitness and improved his keeping by leaps and bounds to make himself an indispensable member of the Indian Test team.
Salman Butt was picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders for the first season of the IPL in 2008. He got his chance when Ricky Ponting, Chris Gayle, and Brendon McCullum left for national duty. In Salman Butt and Sourav Ganguly at the top, Kolkata probably had the most attractive pair of openers that season. Salman Butt played 33 Tests, 78 ODI, and 24 T20Is for Pakistan. Salman Butt played 7 IPL games scoring 193 runs averaging 27.57 in 2008.