‘I was a little sceptical about Rishabh Pant’s ability as a keeper’ | Cricket

With the bat, Rishabh Pant produced a 10-in-10 performance at Edgbaston, scoring 146 off 111 balls in the first innings and followed it up with another 50-plus knock in the second innings.

Rishabh Pant was one of the positives from the recent India vs England Test at Edgbaston, which the hosts won by seven wickets. Pant’s dynamic approach with the bat, which saw the 24-year-old hit shots around the park, helped dictate much of India’s performance before Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root swung the momentum back in England’s favour.

With the bat, Pant produced a 10-for-10 performance, scoring 146 off 111 balls in the first innings and followed it up with another 50-plus knock in the second innings. While talks mostly revolved around Pant’s batting, the area that caught former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar’s attention was his performance behind the stumps.

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Manjrekar was impressed with Pant’s glove work and drew comparisons between him and his predecessor and wicket-keeping legend MS Dhoni.

“I love how seriously he has taken that (wicket-keeping) job. Because, after a good performance with the bat, you can sometimes get complacent. I was a bit skeptical about his ability as a keeper, especially in these conditions. Pant’s development as a wicketkeeper is big news for India,” he said. Manjrekar observed during the interaction. Sony SixOfficial broadcaster of India-England series.

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“You don’t see him chattering around the stumps too much. He has taken the job seriously and his improvement, like Dhoni’s, has been remarkable. How he has improved as a keeper. I loved his commitment because when you are successful as a batsman you can take this job a little bit easier. It is amazing,” he added.

Pant completed the innings with a total of four catches at Edgbaston.


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