Indian wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant is progressing well in his rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru following a car accident in December 2022. Despite positive signs, Pant’s return to the cricket field is still a few months away. The absence of his powerful hitting has been felt by fans globally, including Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batter Niroshan Dickwella, who hailed Pant as the best-attacking wicketkeeper-batter in the world.
In an interview with timesofindia.com, Dickwella expressed his admiration for Pant’s aggressive playing style. He said, “As an aggressive player, I like Rishabh Pant. Rishabh is the best attacking wicketkeeper-batter at the moment. I hope he recovers and gets back in the team soon.”
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Pant’s absence was keenly felt during the World Test Championship final against Australia in 2023. The match took place in England, where Pant has previously showcased exceptional performances. His absence contributed to India’s 209-run loss, as they failed to chase down a target of 444 runs in the fourth innings.
Unfortunately, Pant will also be missed in the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023 scheduled to be held in India from October 5. With his absence, the responsibility of wicketkeeping duties falls on KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, or Sanju Samson. Rahul is recovering from a thigh injury sustained during IPL 2023. It remains to be seen if he will take on the wicketkeeping role upon his return.
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Meanwhile, Kishan and Samson have made the most of the opportunities they’ve received and are striving to secure their positions in the World Cup squad. As the World Cup is hosted on home turf, the Indian team faces significant pressure to clinch the trophy and end their decade-long ICC title drought.