A lot has been spoken over since Rishabh Pant was left out of India’s team sheet for the opening Test against Australia in Adelaide. In the light of this, former wicket-keeper batsman Kiran More said that for India, Pant is what former Aussie cricketer Adam Gilchrist was to Australia at No.7.
Meanwhile, the selection rang a few eyeballs considering Rishabh Pant was coming from an outstanding century in the second warm-up game. The young southpaw smacked the Australian bowling knocking an unbeaten 103 off just 73 deliveries including nine fours and six over boundaries. In the wake of this performance, many expected Pant to be in the playing XI but the management showed trust in the experience of Wriddhiman Saha.
Rishabh Pant is like Adam Gilchrist at No.7 – Kiran More
However, Kiran More is against the decision and said Pant adds more depth in the batting and is a better batsman than Saha. The 58-year-old feels that the youngster should get more chances in the future as he is one of the most dangerous batsmen in the world.
“If you look at batting depth, I will go with Rishabh because when we are looking at the second new ball when Rishabh walks in, he is the most dangerous player once he gets going. It’s like Adam Gilchrist batting at number seven,” Kiran More told Sportskeeda.
Speaking further, Kiran More stated that wicket-keeping in Australia is not a big task as the ball doesn’t swing much. As a result, Rishabh Pant should start in these conditions considering he is great value addition in the batting. Incidentally, Pant is the only Indian wicket-keeper in the history to notch a Test hundred in England and Australia.
“It’s not difficult to keep wickets in Australia. When you look at the overall wicketkeeping in Australia, the ball comes nicely to you, there is good bounce.
“Only the last one or two days is when the ball bounces and turns. That’s what I am thinking about. So that becomes very comfortable. It’s not like in India [and] subcontinent the ball keeps low or up and down. So I think Rishabh has a fair chance,” Kiran More added.