Impressive but needs work
Rishabh Pant seems to have impressed BCCI Chief selector MSK Prasad with his batting but Prasad would like Pant to improve his glovework. During the Test series in England, the 20-year old became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a century during the Test match at the Oval. But unfortunately, he didn’t deliver the same performance behind the stumps in the three Test matches he played.
Dear MSK Prasad,yes he isn't the best possible keepar for sure,let him settle a little bit,when MS started he was fragile as a keeper too,but now he's probably the best,if ur really concerned about selection,hv sm faith in Mayank Agarwal too. #AsiaCup2018 #PAKvHK #indvspak #OnOn
— Saurabh Tripathi (@BeingShubh55555) September 16, 2018
During an Interview, Prasad said that he was really happy with the way Pant batted in the last Test in England. He also implied they never doubted his batting skills. The only problem they had and also saw in his performance was his wicket-keeping.
How to fix this
Prasad who is also a former stumper himself would like a training module created especially for Pant. In this training done by special wicket-keeping coaches, Pant can work on his skill and get better.
"I am really happy the way Rishab Pant batted in the last Test in England. In fact, we never had any doubts about his batting skills. My only concern is about his wicket-keeping," : Chief selector MSK Prasad
— Raghava (@Raghava4mahesh) September 16, 2018
Prasad continued by saying that now Pant has the experience of three Test matches and knows where he lacks. Prasad revealed that they would like to keep him under wicket-keeping coaches for some time to train. He also revealed that Pant wasn’t the only one they have eyed who has good wicket-keeping skills. Prasad also said he would like Pant to serve the Indian cricket team for a long time.
The other players
Prasad also commented that the disappointing Indian openers. He said it was a cause for concern but also added that both team’s openers faced problems due to the tough conditions they were playing in.
Bringing Alastair Cook into the conversation, Prasad said that if a player of his caliber could underperform in all Test matches except the last one due to the tough conditions, what can be expected from team India? Alastair Cook did go on record and state that the conditions he played in during the England vs India Test series were the toughest conditions he has ever played in his entire career.
Irony is – selectors like Prasad MSK, who were never among the performers during their days, now preaching on performance… Selectors ought to be somebody with brilliant record @BCCI
— Rajiv Azad (@rajivazad) September 17, 2018
Bringing Hardik Pandya into the conversation as he was heavily criticised for his all-around skills, Prasad said that he needed to have more consistency. His performance in South Africa and during the Nottingham Test match shows he is capable in performing in all conditions.
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The top players
According to Prasad, Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Kuldeep are his three top choices in the longest version of the game. He said that he had no doubt in the skills of Ashwin and Jadeja and that Kuldeep will have a good time with India A against Australia. All three of them can deliver in any condition, he added.
While talking about the number of chance a player will get to show their abilities, Prasad said that he doesn’t want to disclose the number of chances any player will get to shine. He believes a good player knows the dynamics and demands of the game and will quickly adapt and win.
Looks like Mayank all set to make it to the WI tour and some others if we are believe MSK Prasad's interview.
— Denz Mart (@MadMart05) September 16, 2018
Finally, he also spoke about the much talked about 4-1 loss at the hands of England. Prasad said that it was a great series and the 4-1 score is not a true reflection of the tough contest between both teams. There were definitely moments team India could’ve capitalized on.