Former India batsman VVS Laxman has backed Rishabh Pant ahead of KL Rahul, Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan for India’s wicketkeeper-batsman role in the T20I format. He said that Pant has improved and impressed everyone with his wicket-keeping skills.

India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant (Courtesy- Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • VVS Laxman has backed Rishabh Pant for India’s wicketkeeper-batsman spot in T20Is
  • Pant has improved and impressed everyone with his wicketkeeping skills: VVS Laxman
  • The win in Australia is the best I have seen in Indian cricket: Laxman

Former India batsman VVS Laxman has praised Rishabh Pant and chose him ahead of KL Rahul, Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan for the wicketkeeper-batsman role in the T20I format.

Speaking on the sidelines of the launch of 1971: The Beginning of India’s Cricketing Greatness by Boria Majumdar and Gautam Bhattacharya, VVS Laxman said that India are ‘spoiled for choices’ but Pant has improved and impressed everyone with his wicketkeeping skills in the recent few months.

The 46-year-old also talked about India’s historic triumph in Australia and called it the ‘best he has seen in Indian cricket’.

“I just feel that India again is blessed. Aakash just mentioned about the 2021 win in Australia, probably the best I have seen in Indian cricket. I think India is spoiled for choices. They can make Sanju Samon the captain for Rajasthan Royals. Then there is Ishan Kishan. KL Rahul has done well whenever he has donned the gloves and batted at the top and middle-order.

“But somehow, I just feel that Rishabh Pant is that player I would choose for the wicketkeeper-batsman’s slot. He has really improved and impressed everyone with his wicket-keeping abilities. Not just that, as a left-hander, coming in the middle overs, he is someone who can just take away the game from any opposition. I would definitely go with Rishabh,” VVS Laxman.

KL Rahul donned the gloves for India in limited-overs cricket in few series before 23-year-old Pant roared back to form during the Test matches against Australia in January.

The southpaw, who did not find a place in the ODI and T20I squads in Australia, earned back his place and resumed his wicketkeeping duties for India in the white-ball matches against England this year.

The newly-appointed Delhi Capitals captain in his new role has won 3 out of his first 4 matches in the IPL 2021.



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