Former Indian National Selector Saba Karim said Rishabh Pant could well be the greatest wicketkeeper batsman in the Indian red-ball system.
Pant hit one of the best strikes of his Test career as he remains unbeaten in 100 matches against South Africa Cape Town Test.
Tons of Rishabh Pant help India set South Africa 212 run target
Pant joined captain Virat Kohli at the crease as India faltered 58/4 at the end of their 19th innings. Kohli meticulously tries to avoid throws from his body line.
Pant, who was criticised for taking unnecessary shots, orchestrated India’s lead with aggressive batting, slashing and slamming the South African bowler.
Not only did he really play bad balls, but he also showed great allure with his excellent play to good passes. He hit one and hit Duanne Olivier’s free throw line for a near-wide six.
Pant hit Labada to move the boundary to 98 and got a one-shot on his last ball that came close to his hundred inches. On the next play, he spun to pull it over the square leg, completing his fourth 100 percent.
Rishabh Pant to be India’s biggest contest winner in coming years: Saba Karim
Karim feels that Pant is well managed and he will be a match-winner in India in the future. The former India goalkeeper also believes Pant can be more successful than Australian great Adam Gilchrist.
“If he handles it well then he will be the greatest Indian wicketkeeper in the Test. If we don’t stop criticising, we may lose players like him. He will be India’s biggest match-winner for years to come. He Will make mistakes like the last test. But if we exclude him and want him to be dropped, then it’s not good for the team,” Karim said on YouTube channel Khelneti.
“If Rishabh Pant does justice to his talent, he can also be more successful than Adam Gilchrist. He scores often under pressure and he often plays to win games,” he added.
India lost the final Test to South Africa and the hosts used their grit and determination to chase the score to win the series 2-1.