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India vs England: Rishabh Pant is a great asset for Indian cricket, says Gautam Gambhir

Rishabh Pant, who has been under fire for his wicketkeeping skills, took 2 brilliant catches to dismiss Ollie Pope and Jack Leach as England got bowled out for 134 in their first innings.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rishabh Pant took 2 brilliant catches during England’s 1st innings
  • Pant has been under fire for his wicketkeeping in Test cricket
  • Gambhir said Pant’s impressive wicketkeeping was mainly due to his form with the bat

Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir lauded Rishabh Pant and his wicketkeeping on Day 2 of the 2nd Test between India and England in Chennai on Sunday.

Pant, who has been under fire for his wicketkeeping skills, took 2 brilliant catches to dismiss Ollie Pope and Jack Leach as England got bowled out for 134 in their first innings.

Gambhir said Pant’s impressive work behind the stumps was mainly due to his form with the bat after he scored 58 not out in India’s first innings.

“He’s just confident from batting. If you are batting really well it just reflects on your keeping as well. This is probably the toughest wicket to keep against Ashwin, Axar. He’s only going to get better from here on looking at the way he’s kept wickets in this innings.

IND vs ENG 2nd Test Day 2: As it happened

“Obviously it was a big challenge for him, and it’s only going to get easier from here on. And I’m sure, over a period of time once he keeps scoring runs and keeps working on his keeping, he’s got to be a great package for India because someone who can bat at No.6 and change the game for India, there are not many in world cricket at the moment, probably Buttler is someone who can change the game with his batting skill and he’s a good wicketkeeper.

“So Rishabh Pant, if he keeps doing what he’s done in this Test match, he’s a great asset for Indian cricket,” Gambhir said on Star Sports.

India took a first innings lead of 195 runs after bowling out England cheaply thanks to Ravichandran Ashwin’s 29th five-wicket haul. The hosts then came out to bat and scored 54 runs for the loss of a wicket before the close of play.

Rohit Sharma (25*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (7*) will rejoin the action on Day 3 and look to stretch India’s lead which currently stands at 249.

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