Rishabh Pant’s brilliant performance and MS Dhoni’s experience leaves former India cricketer Deep Dasgupta into a dilemma
Rishabh Pant is one of those Indian cricketers who has been showcasing tremendous talent and growth with each match passing by. He is a player who was awaited ever since MS Dhoni called it off. However, the trending question amongst the cricket fraternity and fans is on whether Pant should be given a spot in the playing eleven for India, especially after he displayed his big-hitting skills in red-ball cricket. Former India wicket-keeper Deep Dasgupta feels Pant is still a work in progress just like Dhoni himself when he had arrived on the scene in 2004.
Pant and Dhoni possess a lot of things in common. When currently Pant was observed getting out due to his experimental shots, the same was the case when Dhoni was at a serene time of his career. Dasgupta, who played eight Tests and five ODIs in 2001-02 and has a Test century, mentioned that Pant needs to analyze what suits him best and improve both as a wicket-keeper and a batsman.
“Just like Dhoni, when he came into the side initially. Even Rishabh is a work in progress. Let’s not forget he’s only 21-22. The best part of his career is ahead of him. Not just as a wicketkeeper, but even batting wise,” Dasgupta told India Today.
“He needs to try and figure out what works for him. When you look at MSD, he looks very unorthodox but he’s brilliant. Pant himself needs to figure out what he needs to improve on as a wicketkeeper and batsman. Nobody’s perfect but he has to find a way to figure out what works for him,”he added.
Looking at the numbers, Pant had a glorious hundred in his debut Test against England, followed by a couple of 90s against West Indies at home, and a 159 not out against Australia in Sydney previous month to make an emphatic statement. However, he was out of the team later as Dhoni returned to play the ODIs against Australia and New Zealand. Pant returned to the team for the three-match T20I series in New Zealand in which he scored 72 runs from all matches.
The wicket-keeper position has always remained a puzzle for team India in the longer format ever since MS Dhoni retired. With Rishabh Pant coming into the scene, He is not leaving any stone unturned and gives out his best everytime on the pitch. However, Pant still needs more polishing of his skills to fulfill his potential at the highest level even though he has already shown to the world what he is capable of doing with the bat.