October 8, 2018
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Pant not a finished product in Tests yet: Former India cricketer

By Chaitanya Laxman

Pant’s wicket-keeping skills under the scanner

Rishabh Pant has impressed everyone with his daredevil batting skills in the limited opportunities he has received so far but his wicket-keeping is constantly under the scanner as he dropped a few chances in the recent Test against West Indies. He also sneaked a few byes and looked uncomfortable against the spinners.

This makes former India cricketer Deep Dasgupta believe that Pant is still not a finished product in Tests and needs some more time.

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Need to give Pant some more time: Dasgupta

While speaking with an online cricket portal, Dasgupta said that the youngster is not a finished product yet. He noted that the Indian wicket-keeper is just 21 and has played Ranji Trophy for two years. Hence he believes that Pant needs more time to get settled.

Dasgupta feels that the team management has to treat him well. He stated that left-hander has had an early start and you need to give him a longer rope. You just can’t make him sit out if he fails in one or two occasions.

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The former India cricketer referred to the case of Parthiv Patel who too was drafted in the team at an young age but was then dropped due to poor performances.

Dasgupta fees Pant cannot be dropped if he fails in one or two occasions

Dasgupta pointed out that keeping against spinners on Indian surfaces is always a daunting task and it can’t get more challenging than this. He feels that the keeper needs to pick things up from here.

At the same time, Dasgupta praised Pant for his talent and abilities. He stated that Rishabh is young, so it is important that he is properly guided and is given the time. He explained that the team management cannot afford to just pick him suddenly and drop him after a few matches.

He feels that if you are looking at the longer run, then you have to be patient with him.

Chaitanya Laxman