September 10, 2018
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Gilchrist comes in defence of Pant

By Chaitanya Laxman

Former Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist has hoped that India’s latest Test wicket-keeper, Rishabh Pant gets a nice run with the Test side as Gilchrist believes that if you churn through players too quickly, it can leave a psychological scar on their minds.

Gilchrist was speaking at a promotional event of a brand at Pune when he opened up about India’s wicket-keeping options. He admitted that the retirement of MS Dhoni has left a big void in the team and it will take some time for the management to find the right fit.

Gilchrist said that chopping and churning players limits their efforts in producing their best.So he is hopeful that Pant gets a nice run with the Test side.

The former left-hand batsman used example of Shane Warne to prove his point. He said that it is like when Shane Warne finished. The Aussie pointed out that it left such a big hole in the team because of the quality of player and person that Shane was.

Gilchrist drew parallels and said that it was the same in India when the big batting four departed. And then he concluded that they’re not easy gaps to fill, and said that Dhoni is been as good as any in the keeper-batsman category.

Rishabh Pant was drafted in the Test team due to the failures of Dinesh Karthik who was replacing Wriddhiman Saha, India’s de facto wicket-keeper in Tests. Pant made his debut in the 3rd Test and straightaway made headlines for hammering a six on the very second ball he faced in Tests and for taking record number of catches behind the wicket.

But since then the graph has stopped low for the youngster as he failed to deliver any substantial performance with the bat while his wicket-keeping has come under the scanner too. In the on-going fifth Test against England, India gave away 35 byes, the most ever in their Test history.

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Thus, the question of who will keep wickets in Australia later in the year has surfaced again. But Gilchrist feels that Pant deserves more chances.

Chaitanya Laxman