Australia vs India: Adam Gilchrist says he would pay to watch Rishabh Pant
Pant is the second highest run-getter in the ongoing Test series.
Updated - Jan 5, 2019 1:34 pm
Rishabh Pant who made his debut against England in 2018 is known for playing aggressive cricket. He has played 9 Test matches so far scoring 696 runs at an average of 49.71. He had scored a century in the final Test in England and he became the 1st Indian wicketkeeper to score a ton in England. Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman carried his form in the series against Windies where he scored a couple of 90s.
Pant who is having a wonderful series in Australia so far, has scored 350 runs in 7 innings with an average of 58.33. He has the highest batting strike rate in the series with 73.99. The left-handed keeper-batsman scored his career best of 159* off 189 balls including 15 fours and one six in the first innings of the fourth Test. He has taken 20 catches so far in the series. The 23-year-old has equalled the record of Syed Kirmani and Naren Tamhane’s record of most catches in a Test series.
Gilchrist praises young Pant
Soon after his second century in Sydney, Pant earned a lot of praise from former cricketers including Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and many others. Former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Gilchrist said that 21-year-old is a real treat to watch and he would happily pay to watch him bat. The Delhi batsman has not only showed that he can bat aggressively but has also displayed his ability to build the innings and bat with patience, as he did during the 159-run unbeaten knock at the SCG.
“He played a beautiful innings today, it was entertaining. He’s a cricketer that I would happily pay to watch,” Gilchrist while talking on Fox Sports.
The Aussie great feels that Pant is still young and has a lot of potential in him. His recent performances have certainly made sure he is the preferred keeper for India at least in Tests. “He’s a cricketer that is at the start of his journey so he’ll learn these particular parts of the game and he’ll learn that there’s always more time than what you think, but he’s got a great foundation to be a successful Test cricketer,” Gilchrist said.
Team India finished day two with a mammoth total of 622/7 declared. Pujara unlucky missed a double century as he was dismissed on 193. The other major contribution was from Pant who scored his career-best score and partnered with Ravindra Jadeja (81) in a 200-run stand.