Rishabh Pant’s fresh career of playing for the nation has been a slight inconsistent one. Pant has proven his potential time and time again by scoring well-constructed knocks, through his counter-attacking display, but has often been considered as a batsman who throws his wicket after getting set, at important intervals of the game.
Former Indian wrist spinner, Anil Kumble believes that Pant still has a lot to learn in the sport, and wants India to persist with Ravi Ashwin to come up the order at number 6 in place of the young wicket-keeper batsman.
“No (I don’t see Rishabh Pant as a number 6 in Australia), that’s why I thought when Ashwin moved up the batting order to number six, India should’ve persisted with that. I certainly believe that Ashwin is someone who can contribute at that position, especially when India travel abroad. Even in the last series, Ashwin batted really well, he’s done well overseas. He has the temperament and also the technique. He just needs to be in that position for a longer period of time,” Kumble said in an interview.
The 21-year-old has featured in 5 Tests for India where he has accumulated a total of 346 runs with a healthy average of 43.25. Rishabh Pant brought his best in the final Test against England, where he scored a quick fire 114 and played a big part in a partnership along with KL Rahul who scored 149.
Pant also had a good run in the home series against the Windies, where he fell short of 2 more centuries by just 7 runs in two consecutive innings.
With the series against a formidable foe in the sense of Australia, there will be a lot of eyes on the young Rishabh Pant if he is to prove himself as the ideal replacement of MS Dhoni in the long run.
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