The former Australia wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist reckons Rishabh Pant is a big-match player who held his nerves in the crucial game of test series and helped his team to not only win the test series but also ended the streak of Australia at Gabba (Where they were undefeated since 1988). Pant attacking cricket makes him different from others and he is compared with Gilchrist also with the kind of batting touch he has. In the recent conversation with mid-day column, Gilchrist says
“There is the flashy left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman—I have a weakness for that kind of player! What an irresistible player Rishabh Pant is. A true box office cricketer, who compels you to watch when he is at the crease. He played with audacity and assurance to keep the scoreboard ticking and ensured that an Indian win was always a possible result.”
In the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Pant becomes fastest to score 1000 test runs in terms of innings from other wicket-keepers in Indian Cricket History. Here is the unbeaten knock of 89 runs in the final test match which helped team India to win the test series by 2-1.
Adam Gilchrist – Wicket-keeping abilities will be better with time for Pant
The Indian Wicket-keeper batsman has into the huge sense of criticisms during the series when he was unable to pick the catches of will Pucovski twice in Sydney test match. While Gilchrist believes, Pant wicket-keeping skills will be better with time, he just needs to work on that and become the best wicket-keeper batsman.
“Pant cops a lot of criticism for his wicketkeeping. However, every selection is an assessment of a player’s strengths and weaknesses. The batting strength and power he brings to the side has a lot of value, and the Indians will know that he is a special asset to his team. His wicketkeeping will probably improve, and if that happens he will be an even more special exceptional talent,” Gilchrist further wrote.
Pant average against Australia (63) is better than his career average (43). In the test series he was highest runs scorer from team India with 274 runs in 3 test matches.