Who will rightfully fill MS Dhoni, the wicket-keeper batsman’s place is a question that has remained unanswered completely since Dhoni’s retirement? And for sure that’s a very big shoe to fill.
Amidst all these one young man who is proving to be a match-winner for team India is the very talented Rishabh Pant. He is yet another promising talent that the IPL has delivered.
From opening the batting for India at the ICC U-19 World Cup in 2016 and landing an IPL contract to his international debuts in the next two years, Pant has come a long way. His explosive strike rate with the bat has lifted Team India out of extremely tricky situations.
In the absence of Shreyas Iyer, he also got the chance to lead Delhi Capitals in the year 2021.
Although his talent with the bat was never in question but he lacked patience and at times threw away his wicket in a haste. But that has definitely changed with time. The bigger question was his keeping skills for which he was constantly criticized but that has also improved over time.
According to Saba Karim, the ex-India international and former national selector “There has been a remarkable improvement in his keeping skills, and it has happened because of the kind of work he has put in, His footwork has been more decisive. His biggest test was going to be in England. If you compare his keeping skills from the 2018 England tour to now, there is a huge difference.”
Over the last couple of years, pant rose as a mature cricketer. He is considered as one of the match winners of team India. From fans chanting “Dhoni! Dhoni! Dhoni!” after a failed review from Pant in 2019 to raucous chants of “Pant! Pant! Pant!” greeting his moves in front of and behind the stumps, Pant has come a long way.
And for sure there’s a long way for him to go.