Veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday said about wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant to give him a chance to play according to his strengths rather than comparing him to others. Rishabh’s wicketkeeping and batting are often compared to the legendary Mahendra Singh Dhoni and other players.
After the second day of the second Test match against England, Ashwin said, ‘He has been constantly compared to the legendary Mahendra Singh Dhoni, now his wicketkeeping is being compared to Ridhiman Saha. Many times such comparisons need to be closed only when the player’s confidence increases. Ashwin, who took five wickets for the 29th time in the first innings of this Test, said that Rishabh is batting well and he is working very hard on wicketkeeping.
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He said, ‘Sometimes you are compared to the best performing player for years, it can be quite difficult for you. I think of Rishabh in this matter. ‘ The veteran spinner said, “Rishabh has the ability and that’s why he is here and I have no doubt that he will improve his performance further.”
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Pant, who played an important role in India winning the series in Australia, said that when compared to Dhoni, he feels good but he would like to make his own identity. Ashwin is at the top in terms of taking the wickets of left-handed batsmen in Tests and he believes that it is a bit easier for off-spinners to bowl to left-handed batsmen. He said that he has been working on various aspects of the game for some time.
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He said, ‘I don’t remember how it started, to be honest, for left-handed batsmen the ball goes out and that makes things easier for the off-spinner. For a left-arm spinner like this, bowling to right-handed batsmen is a bit easier. Ashwin has taken the 200th wicket of the left-handed batsman in Test cricket on Sunday.