Team India: Rishabh Pant is one of the most exciting youth talents in the country. He faces heavy criticism for his rash shot selection. However, he also produces some explosive innings. He is known for his aggressive style of play and is also performing decently in IPL 2020.
He has so far registered scores of 31, 37*, 28, 38, 37 runs respectively, playing for the Delhi Capitals. Pant has still not played a big inning for the Capitals this season. However, he has been an integral part of the Delhi franchise in the last two seasons. The Delhi Capitals are currently at the top of the points table, having won four out of their first five games.
Pant has been compared with MS Dhoni right from the start of his career. Right from his entry into international cricket, he has been seen as the successor to MS Dhoni. However, he still has not cemented his place in the Indian Cricket Team. However, he still has enough time to prove himself considering his age.
In the meantime, former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar has spoken in favour of Rishabh Pant. Pant has been in a good form in this year’s IPL and Bnagar believes that he can turn out to be a handy left-handed option in India’s middle order.
Sanjay Bangar feels that Pant will be the able successor to MS Dhoni in Team India.
“In terms of wicket-keeping, I think it would be Rishabh Pant. I think the way he started this year’s IPL and I think it is very important to have a left-hander as an option because for Team India when it comes to the middle order it helps to balance out the right-handers,” Bangar said on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.
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Former India pacer Ashish Nehra also supported Bangar and feels that Pant needs to be backed well in international cricket so that he can emerge as MS Dhoni’s successor in the Indian team.
“It totally depends on which format we are talking about. If we are talking about Test cricket, and if you want to go with the best wicketkeeper then you also have to consider the mindset of the captain and coach. I am in total agreement with Sanjay Bangar, I think they should go ahead with Rishabh Pant. Pant should be backed! Every player needs to be backed when it comes to international cricket,” Nehra said.
Pant has played 13 Tests, 16 ODIs and 28 T20Is for Team India. He has scored over 15,000 runs. He last played for Team India in February against New Zealand.