IND vs ENG: Rishabh Pant is as good as MS Dhoni, said Sourav Ganguly.© AFP
Sourav Ganguly said on Monday that India's wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant was “as good as MS Dhoni.” The comparison between former Indian captain Dhoni is widely regarded as one of the greatest captains and wicket-keepers of all time, and the 23-year-old Pant has been gritty ever since Pant made his international debut in 2017. Was when Dhoni was still not active. Cricketer. Pant's form diminished after the 2019 World Cup and he also lost his place in the limited-overs teams. However, his performance in the Test series in Australia and at home against England revived Pant's career and also prompted his return to limited-overs teams.
Ganguly said, “Pant is as good as Dhoni. He is the match winner.” Told Abp live bengali.
“He can snatch games from opponents. He can play incredible shots. On his day, Pant can win matches for the team, be it Test, ODI or T20.”
Pant scored 101 off just 118 balls in India's fourth Test match against England in Ahmedabad to lift his team to 4 for 80 and take a first-innings lead.
In reply to England's 205 runs in the first innings, India proved too much for 365 spectators as they were piled on for 135 in the second innings and lost by an innings and 25 runs.
Ganguly said, “Pant is a natural stroke player. He will play his shots. He can change the pace of the match in a few minutes.”
While Pant's lucrative stroke-play was the talk of the town, his athleticism behind the stumps impressed, including India's captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri.
Ganguly was also impressed. Ganguly said, “He has improved a lot as a wicketkeeper which is quite evident in the India vs England Test series. He has grabbed most of the opportunities.”
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