Rishabh Pant has been praised for his historic win over Australia in the Gabba Test. From legendary cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting to Virender Sehwag, Pant has been appreciated by Pant. Former Indian wicketkeeper batsman Kiran More also believes that after the charismatic way in which Pant won India in Australia, it will be difficult to ignore him.
Pant did not get an opportunity in white ball cricket i.e. ODI and T20 on Australia tour, but after that when he got a chance in Test, he proved himself. He was India’s best scorer, scoring 274 runs in 5 innings of 3 matches, while being the third best batsman in the series. During this, he battered Australia, scoring innings of 97 and 89 not out. More runs were scored by Marnus Labuschen (426) and Steve Smith (313).
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Kiran More said in a conversation with Times of India.com, ‘There is no doubt about it. Pant is a very good option for us. I have so much for Saha. He is a class wicketkeeper, but if you see balance in the team, I think Rishabh gives you a role model. If you keep him in the team, you can add another player, perhaps a bowler, to the team. He is also a left-handed player, so it gives you an added advantage as well. ‘
He further said- Rishabh is still young and his expectations are very big. I always believed in him and his talent. He is a player who can win matches for you alone. This is what they did. He is a special talent and is always ready to deliver. You don’t get players like Pant. You have to believe it and give them time. ‘
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On the other hand, former veteran opener Wasim Jaffer said, ‘He has played really well with the bat. He is a young and dynamic cricketer and has a long way to go. He has done an amazing job in Australia. The team management, support staff and of course the captain gave him opportunities and he has proved himself. You always learn with time and age and this is what Pant is doing. ‘
Tarak Sinha, who taught Pant the role of cricket, said, “Indian cricket and management have been trying to find a replacement for Dhoni since his retirement. Pant has proved that he is a suitable player for Dhoni. Rahane and Shastri have shown confidence in him. They know how talented Pant is. He is young. He will go a long way.