PANT OR SAHA? A TOUGH CHOICE FOR THE BOARD

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India is all set to play England in the upcoming Test series which is going to start from February 5 in Chennai. Though India has nit declared the playing XI for the first test match but there is but the plan that the Indian Team management had, seems to be failing. Team management had planned to accommodate Wriddhiman Saha for this test series and Rishbh Pant was to be in the squad for the matches outside Asia. But the arrangement seems to be changing in the view of Pant’s recent performance at Sydney Cricket Ground and Brisbane against Australia. His match winning performance has tipped the scale to his side and the work of the selection committee has become tough.

TWO WICKET-KEEPERS WOULD REDUCE INDIA’S BOWLING OPTION

Virat Kohli is going to be back at number 4 in the team, followed by Ajinkya Rahane and Pant will play at number 6 if he is a part of the team. After Pant we will see some bowling all-rounders like Ashwin, Axar Patel or Washington Sundar. But the issue is that the decision has not been made yet. Pant’s performance in India, especially his weak wicket keeping skills have kept him away from test matches. But now that he has proved himself in Australia, there is a possibility that board decided to play both the wicket keepers, saha and Pant, in the upcoming matches.

But two wicket-keepers would reduce India’s bowling options. This means that the board may decide to go with the player who has performed great in the recent matches and that player is Pant. If this happens, this match will be Pant’s first test cricket in India after 2018.

“RISHABH WILL DO A GOOD JOB.”

There is a high possibility of Pant being in the final playing XI against England because as per former Indian stumper, Kiran More, Indian wickets require a conventional wicket keeper. He believes that “Rishabh will do a good job.” He also agreed to the fact that Rishabh Pant will make a few mistakes and he is not as experienced as Saha is. But this should not be a comparison because there is a huge and experience gap between the two players. He said, “When Rishabh learns with experience he will become top wicket-keeper batsman.”

According to More Rishabh is going “to enjoy keeping wickets in India” as requires complete focus and attention. He said, “You are always in the game. You get a lot of opportunities also.” And this is what makes wicket-keeping fun in India.

INDIA IS A GREAT PLACE TO KEEP WICKETS

Joss Buttler also seems to agree with this point of view as he had recently touched upon this topic in one of his interviews. He said, “It is a challenge but it is also great place to keep wickets because you are always in the game.” England’s reserve wicket-keeper Ben Foakes also agrres with this and says that it is going to be really tough for the board to choose between Saha and Pant and what they actually need is a “blend of both”.  

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