Rishabh Pant Has Matured And Proved Himself: Wriddhiman Saha
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Rishabh Pant Has Matured And Proved Himself: Wriddhiman Saha

Wriddhiman Saha, Rishabh Pant India A
Wriddhiman Saha. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Wriddhiman Saha feels Rishabh Pant the batsman redeemed himself spectacularly in Australia and his much-criticized wicket-keeping skills are also improving but the senior keeper wants the youngster to be given some breathing space as “no one learns algebra in class I”.

Wriddhiman Saha, who is considered India’s number one Test wicketkeeper with better technique as the keeper, told PTI in an interview that he does not believe that Rishabh Pant’s heroic show in Australia would close the door for him in the Indian team.

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Wriddhiman Saha (Image Credit: Google)

Wriddhiman Saha Have Friendly Relationship With Rishabh Pant And Help Each Other Whoever Gets Into XI

Rishabh Pant emerged highest run-getter for India and 3rd highest run-scorer in series with 274 runs in 3 Tests.

“You can ask him (Pant), we have a friendly relationship and help each other whoever gets into the XI. Personally, there’s no conflict with him,” Saha said after returning home following the historic Test series win in Australia.

“I dont’ see who is No.1 or 2… Team will give a chance to those who do better. I will continue to do my job. Selection is not in my hands, it’s up to the management.”

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Wriddhiman Saha was all praise for the 23-year-old dashing left-hander Rishabh Pant, whose 89 not out on the fifth day sealed the match for India at the Gabba for a 2-1 series win.

“No one learns algebra in class I. You always go step by step. He is giving his best and will definitely improve. He has matured and proved himself. In the long run, it augurs well for the Indian team,” he said of Pant who has often been found wanting behind the stumps.

The way he has shown his intent after being sidelined from his favourite T20 and ODI formats was really exceptional. Since the Brisbane show, Rishabh Pant is being compared incessantly with the legendary Mahendra Singh Dhoni but Wriddhiman Saha said: “MS Dhoni will remain MS Dhoni and everyone has his own identity”.

Wriddhiman Saha Says He Was Unable To Score Runs So Rishabh Pant Got Chance

Wriddhiman Saha failed to score 9 and 4 in the Day/Night Adelaide Test where India were shot out for a record low of 36 and he did not feature in XI in the remaining three matches.

“Anyone can go through a bad phase. A professional player always accepts the highs and lows, be it with form or criticism,” the 36-year-old said.

“I was unable to score runs that’s why Pant got the chance. It’s as simple as that. I always focused on improving my skills…It’s the same approach now,” he said.

He said the series win was “no less than a World Cup triumph” because of the way the team bounced back from 36 all out in Adelaide in 1st Test despite injuries to key players.

“Even though I did not play (in three matches), I enjoyed every moment of it. We faced challenges in putting up 11 players, so it was an outstanding feat, an outstanding team effort. Definitely, it will be one of our greatest series wins,” he said.

Wriddhiman Saha said India may not have known the outstanding depth in their reserve bench had they not faced the crisis situation of several players injuring themselves. Captain Virat Kohli had left after the first Test on paternity leave while likes of Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Hanuma Vihari, KL Rahul, Ravichandran Ashwin were injured at various stages of the Test series.

“It was about instilling self-belief and going session by session. The series win last time also played in our minds,” Saha said.

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane. (Image Credit: Getty Images).

Wriddhiman Saha also spoke about the leadership of stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane.

“He goes about his job with a cool head. Like Virat, he too has full belief in his players. Unlike Virat, he never shows any excitement. Approach is a bit different, Rahane stays calm always, never loses temper. He knows well how to motivate the players. That is his success mantra.”

Both Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha have been picked for the first two Tests in the home series against England next month and it remains to be seen whether the team think tank will play the veteran as a specialist wicketkeeper or include dashing keeper Rishabh Pant after his heroics in Sydney(97) and Brisbane(89*).