Rishabh Pant is not India’s wicketkeeper – what possible reason is there for this?

Wriddhiman Saha is injured. India’s selectors said it was too early to hand a debut to Rishabh Pant who is still only 19 years old. They instead picked Parthiv Patel, a 31-year-old who made his Test debut against England in 2002.

In seven innings this season, Pant has made four hundreds. One was a triple, two were made in one match and he has generally scored at around a run a ball. For the second of those twin hundreds, against Jharkand, he upped his pace to two runs a ball.

He is also called Pant. He should be selected if only to see whether he shouts “Pant’s!” should an England batsman accidentally sky one.

Such an exclamation would serve as both a means of claiming the catch and also as a blunt appraisal of the batsman’s performance.

 


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6 Appeals

  1. You’d probably be disappointed. His name is pronounced as pun-th.

  2. I can picture a headline if they are playing South Africa and he drops de Kok…

    “de Kok escapes from Pant’s grasp”, or some such. I’m sure someone wittier can come up with something better.

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