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Syed Kirmani said – Rishabh Pant is like a child of wicketkeeping, a treasure of talent in batting


  • Syed Kirmani said – Pant a treasure of talent, batsman who plays naturally
  • Kirmani advises Rishabh Pant, playing according to circumstances
  • Kirmani said – Pant lost his wicket at wrong time even in the opening innings of Chennai Test

Former India wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani described Rishabh Pant as a ‘treasure of talent’ as a batsman. He also compared this player as a wicket-keeper to the child of ‘Palane (swing)’.

Pant, who was the hero in helping the Indian team win the series in Australia, is often praised for his batting while his performance behind the wicket is criticized. Kirmani said, “Rishabh Pant is a treasure trove of talent, he is a natural shot player but he has a lot to learn as a wicketkeeper. They also have to learn when to hit the big shot, as they did in Australia.

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The 71-year-old former wicketkeeper of the Indian team arrived here as ‘Ambassador of Vindex India’ for ‘Sound Center for Hearing Care’. Giving Pant some tips for wicketkeeping, Kirmani said, ‘He (Pant) needs basic right technique in wicketkeeping which he does not have. A keeper’s ability is gauged only when he stands near the stumps. ‘

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He said, “Pant can do good wicketkeeping against the best fast bowlers in the world because you have enough time where you can guess accordingly by looking at the swing and bounce of the ball.”

Kirmani, who played 88 Tests and 49 ODIs for India from 1976 to 1986, said that as a batsman, Pant will have to play according to the circumstances. He hoped that he would learn it as he was still very young.

He said, ‘He played a very balanced innings in Brisbane so that we could win there for the first time. There were many occasions when Pant could win India but he lost his wicket. Kirmani admitted that Pant lost his wicket at the wrong time even in the opening innings of the first Test match against England. Pant scored 91 off 88 balls in this innings. England won this match by 227 runs.

Kirmani said, “The same thing happened in Chennai, when a batsman reaches close to 80 runs, then he tries to complete a century, for that you have to avoid taking risks. You cannot say that playing shot is your natural sport, you have to play according to the circumstances.

He, however, praised his batting in Australia. While his 97-run knock in Sydney helped India to a draw, and his unbeaten 89 in Brisbane won the match and the series. He said, ‘I liked his game in Australia, he was balanced. Where defensive play was required, he played defensively and where there was a need for aggressive game, he played freely. They will have to play every innings as it comes with experience. He is young and still learning.

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