Kiran More justifies Rishabh Pant selection for England Test series

Kiran More justifies Rishabh Pant selection for England Test series

Pant has been added as the backup for keeper Dinesh Karthik

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Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

The inclusion of Rishabh Pant in the Indian Test squad for the tour has seen the Indian selection committee beginning to take steps into looking towards the future of wicketkeeping. With Dinesh Karthik, the most likely to keep wickets on all five occasions, Pant’s inclusion will certainly add to the exposure Pant already has been the recipient of when it comes to international cricket.

Kiran More, the former India wicketkeeper-batsman has opened up about Pant and his subsequent selection in the Indian Test squad. More, who is a former selector himself went on to state that 20-year old was indeed a good selection and has the potential to emulate the great Adam Gilchrist.

“He is exceptional and was playing for India A in England. But he could have been drafted in for the ODIs or T20s in the lead-up to this series. Having said that, it is good they are investing in him and carrying him with the team. He has the potential to be as dangerous as Adam Gilchrist batting at No 6 and 7,” said More.

Parthiv’s dropping was harsh

While reinforcing his previous claim that Pant ought to be carried by the team, More also went on to lament the fact that Parthiv Patel was dropped following one bad test match in South Africa. The second Test of the series saw Parthiv Patel slip up quite a bit in South Africa, something that saw him dropped for the tour of England.

“They should carry him. He has the talent. A wicketkeeper’s life is very difficult. I felt it was very harsh on Parthiv (to be dropped after Tests in South Africa). One bad Test and everybody starts pointing a finger at wicketkeepers. Parthiv provides options, like opening the batting.”

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