Saba Karim feels Rishabh Pant could emerge as the greatest Indian wicketkeeper-batter in Tests if he is handled well. The southpaw slammed a tenacious century against South Africa on Day 3 of the ongoing Cape Town Test. Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten 100-run knock helped India set a decent 212-run target in the series decider.
Saba Karim said that if handled well Rishabh Pant has the potential to become one of India’s biggest match-winners in the years to come. Former Indian chief selector Saba Karim feels that Rishabh Pant could turn out to be the greatest Indian wicketkeeper-batter in Test cricket provided only if he is handled well.
Saba Karim Feels Rishabh Pant Will Be India’s Biggest Match Winner In Forthcoming Years
Rishabh Pant was criticized by fans and experts alike following his extravagant shot selection, which led to his dismissal, in the previous Test. But Saba Karim feels such mistakes are bound to happen and urged everyone to back Rishabh Pant, who he feels has the potential to be a match-winner.
Speaking on YouTube channel, the cricketer-turned-commentator Saba Karim said: “If he is handled well, then he will emerge as the greatest Indian wicketkeeper-batter in Tests.
“We might lose a player like him if we don’t stop criticizing. He will be India’s biggest match winner in the coming years. He is going to make mistakes like he did in the last Test. But if we ostracise him and want him to be dropped, then it is not going to benefit the team.”
India was bundled out for 198 runs in their second innings of the third Test. But Rishabh Pant earned widespread appreciation for his gutsy knock under pressure. He proved to be the only saving grace for the visitors on a day when the rest of the Indian batters failed to make an impact. This was Rishabh Pant’s 4th Test ton. He now has Test tons in England, Australia, and South Africa.
Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten 100-run knock came off 139 deliveries and was studded with six fours and four sixes. Despite his best efforts, Team India was bowled out for a mere 198 runs in their second innings.
The keeper-batsman had a lean patch in Test cricket since his last hundred at Ahmedabad against England sat home. In 4-match series in England, he scored just 146 runs in 7 innings while in this ongoing series he scored just 86 runs in 5 innings averaging 17.2 before his unbeaten hundred in the last innings of the ongoing series.
Nikhil Chopra Feels Rishabh Pant Can Be More Successful Than Adam Gilchrist
Rishabh Pant has often drawn comparisons with legendary Australian keeper-batter Adam Gilchrist owing to his fearless approach at the crease. But former India spinner Nikhil Chopra feels Rishabh Pant has the potential to be more successful than Adam Gilchrist.
Nikhil Chopra said: “If Rishabh Pant does justice to his talent, then he can also be more successful than Adam Gilchrist. He has often scored runs under pressure and he often plays with an approach of winning matches.”
Nikhil Chopra pointed out how Rishabh Pant has often bailed India out of trouble with his inspiring knocks. He also praised Rishabh Pant for being calculative at the crease against the South African bowlers.
Nikhil Chopra noted that while the southpaw undertook a cautious approach against the seamers, he upped the ante against spinner Keshav Maharaj.
Rishabh Pant had scored 274 runs at an average of 68.50 in five innings for India against Australia in 2020/21 Down Under. The keeper continued his form against England at home where he hit 270 runs at an average of 54.00 as he was the second-highest run-getter for India in the series.