The veteran Indian wicket-keeper batsman, Dinesh Karthik recently paid a huge compliment to the young gloveman, Rishabh Pant when he compared his batting standard with that of legends like Virender Sehwag and Adam Gilchrist. Pant has been in the form of his life with the bat across the formats in the past few months and will be crucial to Team India’s chances in the upcoming Test assignments in England.
The 23-year-old Delhi cricketer has emerged as India’s first-choice wicketkeeper in limited-overs and Test cricket thanks to the purple patch he has been enjoying in his career after repeated failures in 2019. Pant’s exploits this year in Australia and against England became crucial for India’s respective series wins.
Even Dinesh Karthik acknowledged Pant’s impact in the game as during a recent chat with the Times of India, he said, “He lends flexibility to the team and the management has the opportunity to play the extra batsman or the bowler as per requirement. And what is most important is the way he instills fear in the mind of opposition. Pant has the effect that Virender Sehwag or Adam Gilchrist used to have on rivals.”
Rishabh Pant is now back in the country where he made his Test debut against the hosts at Nottingham in 2018.
The young southpaw has smashed a brilliant century in just his third Test against England and would be hoping for similar kind of performances in the next 6 Tests, starting with the inaugural ICC World Test Championship against New Zealand in Southampton from June 18. India will then take on England in a series of 5 Tests from August 4.