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3 Wicketkeepers who are breathing down Rishabh Pant’s neck

Pant has been guilty of not showing responsibility while plying his trade with the bat in hand.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

There’s absolutely no doubt about the talent, Rishabh Pant possesses. The 21-year-old is being deemed as India’s first-choice wicket-keeper as MS Dhoni starts getting involved in the transition process. The left-hander recently had the privilege of playing the 2019 World Cup after Shikhar Dhawan got ruled out. Pant is now a part of the national team for the T20I series versus the Windies.

The issue with Pant is that he hasn’t been able to translate his potential into something substantial, especially in limited-overs cricket. In the first two matches at Florida, Lauderhill, Rishabh could only manage four runs and got out to rash strokes. Meanwhile, there are other keepers, waiting in the wings, who could oust him from Team India if Pant doesn’t start scoring consistent runs.

1. Ishan Kishan

Ishan Kishan. (Photo Source: Sportstarlive)

Ishan Kishan is presently a part of the India A team, which shows how far he has come in his career at 21. The southpaw is someone, who doesn’t allow the bowlers to settle down, though he has been guilty of throwing his wicket away at times. But there’s no dearth of talent and his numbers are a testament to the same. In 70 T20s, the keeper has a strike-rate of 130.86 with a couple of centuries.

In the erstwhile Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy, Kishan notched 333 runs at 55.20 with a strike-rate of 151.36. The only aspect where Ishan needs to improve is being consistent. The Young Turk made his IPL debut in 2016 for the Gujarat Lions and is currently with the Mumbai Indians. In List A cricket, Kishan averages 37.10 with three tons. Going by the potential he has he can pose a threat to Pant.

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