When Rishabh Pant stepped into the Indian team, he was seen as the successor of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Pant, who made his debut for India in 2017, was initially a bit crude in wicket-keeping, but he soon made his mark in all three formats on the strength of his batting. But for some time now, his bat hasn’t roared in the way he is known for, and his performance has also lacked consistency. Cricket pundits have given the opinion many times that the Indian team should also think about Pant’s option and now it seems that Team India has started thinking deeply about these issues.
In limited overs, India have KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan as substitutes for Rishabh Pant. Now Dinesh Karthik has also made his place in the T20 team. But who can be his replacement in Test cricket is the biggest question. Wriddhiman Saha was the only option at the time of Dhoni’s retirement but was soon sidelined.
But now Team India is preparing a new wicket-keeper batsman in the form of KS Bharat who can replace Pant in the Test team. In the ongoing practice match against Leicestershire, Team India sent Pant to the opposition team’s camp and gave Bharat a chance to play. This is just a practice match but Bharat took it as a regular match.
On the first day where all the Indian batsmen were seen battling, KS Bharat displayed his skills. No batsman has been able to cross the 40-run mark in the first innings so far, but on the same pitch, Bharat is playing an unbeaten 70. On the first day, India scored a total of 246 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. With this innings of Bharat, it is believed that alarm bells have started ringing for Pant in the Test team as well. Now Pant can maintain his place only on the basis of performance.
Talking about Rishabh Pant’s Test career, he has scored 1920 runs in 30 matches at an impressive average of 40.85. During this, the historic innings played in his name at the Gabba is also recorded, but now Pant needs to show maturity and bring consistency in his game.