An ambiance has been created that under-fire Rishabh Pant is a bad wicketkeeper, cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra has mentioned over India’s most popular gloveman forward of the second Test in opposition to Australia. Pant, who slammed a blistering ton within the second warm-up sport in Sydney, was backed by many to begin over Wriddhiman Saha within the pink-ball Test.
Labelled as a higher wicketkeeper between the 2, 36-year-old Saha was as an alternative given a nod by the crew administration for the primary Test. He, nevertheless, did not get runs in each the match, registering scores of 9 and 4 in first and second innings respectively.
Altogether, it was a lacklustre batting present from the complete batting unit, which resulted into India registering their lowest ever Test complete. Following India’s annihilation and skipper Virat Kohli’s departure, the guests may look to shuffle the squad and provides Pant a probability as an alternative of Saha. Pant additionally boasts a formidable batting document in Australia, having scored 350 runs at a mean of over 50 in 4 Tests through the 2018-19 tour.
Commenting on the wicketkeeping conundrum, Chopra mentioned that a flawed impression has been created that Pant can not hold wickets or that Saha can not bat.
“This is one change that can probably happen. I am not advocating that but just starting a conversation. Since Virat Kohli is leaving, you will play Shubman Gill or KL Rahul instead of him. So, your batting has already become weaker,” Chopra mentioned in a reply to a question from a fan in a video uploaded on his Facebook web page.
“If you want to play a better keeper at No.7, that is Saha. It is not the case that Saha cannot bat, and it is not that Pant can’t keep wickets,” he further said.
In Kohli’s absence, Ajinkya Rahane will be leading the side and the team management is expected to make as many as four changes for the Boxing Day Test, scheduled to start from December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
“Till now, the atmosphere has been created that Pant is a bad keeper. How is that the case, as he takes very good catches, and last time on the Australian tour, he had taken the maximum catches; and Saha cannot bat; how can he not as he has a Test century.
“If you have in mind that you should play a left-hander, there is no other left-hander in the lineup, and there is no game-changer. I am okay with it, but I am not going to criticise if you play Saha,” concluded Chopra.