India vs Australia: Adam Gilchrist is Rishabh Pant’s latest fan

first_img4th Test, Day 3 Scores:(Full scorecard)Brief Scores:India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178)Australia 236 for 6 (Harris 79, Handscomb 28 not out, Cummins 25 not out, Kuldeep 3 for 71)Australia trail India by 386 runsFormer Australia captain, Adam Gilchrist is in awe of India’s young wicketkeeper, Rishabh Pant, whom he believes has a great foundation to become a successful Test cricketer.Even as former India and Australia captains, Mohammad Azharuddin and Ricky Ponting have likened Pant to Gilchrist, the wicket-keeping great is seemingly excited at the prospect of watching Pant go about his business in the longest format of the game.Gilchrist heaped rich praise on Pant for his unbeaten 159 that helped India set a massive first innings total of 622 for 7 declared against Australia in the ongoing fourth Test in Sydney. India have already sealed an unassailable 2-1 lead and are looking set to clinch a historic 3-1 win, their first-ever series win on Australian soil.Pant, who made his Test debut as recently as 2018 during India’s tour of England, also became the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a century in Australia when he reached the three-figure mark on Friday. Pant, with 350 runs, is now second on the list of batsmen with most runs in the ongoing series as he went past India captain Virat Kohli during his SCG masterclass.”He played a beautiful innings… We probably all expected him to bat aggressively from ball one but he showed he can build an inning and then by the end of it allowed himself to play with all the freedom that we know he’s got,” Gilchrist told”It was entertaining. He’s a cricketer that I would happily pay to watch.”Pant can develop into a really reliable wicketkeeper: GilchristPant broke Syed Kirmani and Naren Tamhane’s record of most catches by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test series (20) on the final day of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne but questions have been asked about his glovework as he has squandered quite a few good chances from behind the wickets.Wriddhiman Saha, who is known for his world-class glovework, is waiting in the wings after being sidelined from the ongoing Australia series due to a shoulder injury last year.However, Gilchrist believes India needs to give more time to Pant so that the Delhi Capitals wicketkeeper can become “really reliable”.”Although he’s missed a few opportunities with the gloves, he’s certainly held onto more than he’s spilled. If he’s prepared to work on his game, I’m sure he’ll develop and become a really reliable keeper,” Gilchrist said.”He’s a cricketer that is at the start of his journey so he’ll learn these particular parts of the game and he’ll learn that there’s always more time than what you think, but he’s got a great foundation to be a successful Test cricketer,” he added.Also Read | Rishabh Pant will score more Test hundreds than MS Dhoni: Ricky PontingAlso Read | Rishabh Pant’s perfect birthday gift for his mother: A record-breaking hundredAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant sign SCG honours board after sensational hundredsAlso See:last_img

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