Wicketkeeping is a thankless job yet having not so experienced wicket-keeper will be responsible for the team’s loss. People expect excellent performance from a wicketkeeper as doing it well is their job, but it took years to find such a gem that is specialised in creating magic every other day. After MS Dhoni, India have tried Wridhman Saha in Test, and he has been a great talent to sustain over Mahi’s absence, but Saha has been struggling with a shoulder injury and was in the Rehab, so he has to quit from India’s tour to England.
Now the bet was on Dinesh Kartik, after seeing his heroics at Nidahas Trophy, Indian selectors have once again tried him as our wicket-keeper in British conditions, but he didn’t impress much with the bat and gloves.
Having a devastating performance from the wicket-keeping end tends to think more about that part of the team and the Indian team management finally called the debutant Rishabh Pant. Well, it was once again a bluff, but Rishabh proved to be an ace of spade.
Rishabh Pant, The Unlikely Hero
The young bloke of India has finally got a solution to MS Dhoni’s replacement in Red-ball cricket.
Rishabh created history on his debut match by taking five catches to become the fourth Indian wicket-keeper to do so. He caught Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid behind the wicket. Rishabh has joined Naren Tamhane (against Pakistan in 1955), Kiran More (against England, 1986) and Naman Ojha (against Sri Lanka) in the list of Indian wicket-keepers who had taken five catches in their debut match. The 20-year-old talent has also become the third wicket-keeper in the world that took five catches in an innings after Australian Brian Taber and another Aussie John Maclean.
Just one question. What about Rishabh Pant the wicket keeper? No one’s talking about that.#INDvENG
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) August 18, 2018
Rishabh pant excites me ..I hope he scores a big one ..has so much time and uncomplicated technique ..good luck
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) August 18, 2018
Great start to what I think is going to be a phenomenal and long career. Rishabh Pant opens his account with a 6 in test Cricket, the first Indian to do so #ENDvIND
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 18, 2018
Whether he fails or succeeds, so looking forward to watching Rishabh Pant bat. Felt similar sort of excitement when MS Dhoni was kick starting his India career.
— Nikhil Naz (@NikhilNaz) August 18, 2018
Also Rishabh Pant has had a great day at work so far. He will surely drop a few and make mistakes as we go along, but investments take time to bring reward. Has all the makings of a being game changer. #EngvInd
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) August 19, 2018
Now India can see him as an answer to the void space created by MS Dhoni in the Test after his retirement from the Red-ball cricket as Rishabh is ready to be a successor of India’s most successful Wicket-Keeper.