Rishabh Pant will go a long way, reckons Sourav Ganguly
"He has the match-winning ability."
Updated - Apr 3, 2019 10:04 pm
For quite some time now, young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is being hailed as MS Dhoni’s successor in the limited-overs format. There is still a debate going on, on whether Rishabh Pant should make it to the World Cup squad as a wicketkeeper-batsman backup of MS Dhoni, or should it be Dinesh Karthik.
Pant’s performance in the ongoing Indian Premier League has been inconsistent, but Delhi Capitals’ advisor Sourav Ganguly feels that the youngster is a match-winner and on his day can craft a terrific inning. The southpaw scored an unbeaten 78 against the Mumbai Indians, a knock which Ganguly was all praises for.
“He’s (Rishabh) highly gifted and talented. His knock in Mumbai was incredible and I’ve seen very few players put on a performance like that. It’s a format where you have to score runs. He has the match-winning ability. In my career, I’ve never stopped a match winner from doing what he does best. I believe in him. Be it Delhi or India, he will go a long way as his future is very bright.” Ganguly told IndiaTV.
RCB cannot be ruled out of the tournament yet
The former India captain also gave his opinion on Royal Challengers Bangalore’s poor form, saying that even though they’ve lost four matches on a trot, the Virat Kohli-led team can make a comeback by winning a few games in succession. He also said that Virat’s dry patch is also just a phase.
“He played well last season, I think it’s a passing phase for him this season. The amount of runs he’s (Virat) scored for India, I guess no player is close to that. He needs to take the backseat and think with a calm and composed mind with the team. There are still matches ahead. I won’t rule out RCB as there is still time and I hope to see him take the team forward,” said Ganguly.
RCB is next scheduled to play the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on April 5 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore and would be keen to get their first victory under their belt.