Pant played a stellar role in India’s Border-Gavaskar series triumph in Australia and then continued his sublime form in the ongoing home test series against England.
The 23-year-old, who scored a brilliant 97 in the Sydney Test and then an unbeaten 89 in Brisbane in India’s unforgettable series victory on Australian soil, has already smashed two half centuries in the first two tests against England.
With the bat, Pant was actually India’s best run-getter in the recent round of testing in Australia. He scored 274 points in 3 tests (5 innings) at an average of 68.50, including two half centuries.
It’s not easy being a wicket hitter. There are two really big areas to focus on and you are almost constantly in the thick of things. Any flaw in either department is magnified multiple times by critics. With Pant, the big question is: can he continue to deliver both as a batsman and as a keeper?
So far in both tests against England, Pant has shown he is maturing as a glover.
Praising Pant’s form in red ball cricket, former Indian wicket keeper Ajay Ratra echoed the sentiment.
“He was good as a keeper, especially in the Chennai test (against England). There was a lot of turning and rebounding. Pant did a commendable job. He’s improving with time and time. ‘age. It has to be constant, ”Ratra said. Timesofindia.com.
After the two tests against England in the current series, the young man from Delhi is so far the third best run-getter, after Joe Root and Rohit Sharma. He has 168 points in 2 tests (4 rounds) to his credit with an average of 56.00.
Ratra believes Pant will be India’s premier wicket keeper right now in Tests, but he needs to take care of his fitness.
“Pant has performed really well with the bat and the gloves. For now, Pant will be India’s premier wicket keeper. He will be substituted if there is a hollow in his form or an injury. a class act. He took The Indian wicket keeps on a different level. The pants are performing, but he will have to take care of his injuries and his fitness. If he does, he will go far, “said Ratra.
That Pant is a good hitter and that he can change the complexion of a match on his own is no secret. That’s what he brings to the table as a wicket keeper, that’s what has always been the biggest obstacle. So far in both tests against England, Pant has been good behind the stumps, especially in the second test in Chennai, where the pitch started to turn a bit early in the game.
Another change that some have noticed is the way he talks to bowlers behind the stumps, giving them suggestions on where to bowling. It is also a sign that he is becoming more confident.
Former English spinner Monty Panesar, who can understand English and Hindi, called Pant a smart wicket keeper.
“Pant is a little more chirping. I listened to the commentary and could hear exactly what Pant was saying. He was asking Ashwin and Axar to play more. He also asked Ashwin to push a little wider. It was smart to keep. Trousers. is a smart keeper, he knows what to do. He does what Dhoni used to do. But one thing that was really satisfying was seeing him continue on this kind of ground (Chennai). It’s not easy to stay against spinners, especially Ashwin. But Pant was absolutely awesome, ”Panesar told TimesofIndia.com.
The squad roster announced by BCCI for the T20 five-game series against England also has KL Rahul, but Pant is the designated goalkeeper, with Ishan Kishan as his replacement. It is clear that the managers want Pant to have the opportunities he needs to prove that he is adapting to different formats as a goalkeeper.
Rahul has already shown that he can be a very capable goalkeeper-beater. He also participates regularly in the IPL and was the designated keeper in the limited overs series in Australia, before the tests.
The pants meanwhile seem to be improving as a keeper. He is only 23 years old and still has a long way to go. With the bat he showed just how much impact he can make in any format. If he continues to improve his guarding skills, India may soon have another finished product for the Wicket Beater Slot Machine in all formats, with Kishan and Samson waiting backstage.