India vs South Africa: Former India player Deep Dasgupta says Rishabh Pant not best choice as keeper for Tests

Rishabh Pant had made scores of 27, 24 and 7 during the Test series in West Indies recently
India vs South Africa: Former India player Deep Dasgupta says Rishabh Pant not best choice as keeper for TestsIndia vs South Africa: Former India player Deep Dasgupta says Rishabh Pant not best choice as keeper for Tests
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Ever since he has taken up the responsibility of keeping wickets for India across all three formats, Rishabh Pant has been receiving criticism from all corners. His current batting form has made matters worse. Recently, Yuvraj Singh showed his support for the young wicketkeepet-batsman, but former India wicket-keeper Deep Dasgupta has said that Rishabh Pant is not the best in Test cricket with Wriddhiman Saha in the squad.

He said, "Obviously, red-ball and white-ball cricket should be differentiated. On the basis of Rishabh's last innings, one could see a sense of confusion as to what is expected of him."

Even in the last T20I game against South Africa at Banglore, Rishabh Pant lost his wicket for 19 runs as India were restricted to a below-par 134/9 in 20 overs. Eventually, the series ended with a 1-1 verdict after the first game at Dharamsala was washed out without a single ball being bowled.

Deep Dasgupta has said that Wriddhiman Saha has impressed with the gloves and also with the bat after making a comeback from a shoulder injury.

"Post his recovery from injury, Wriddhi has delivered and done whatever one has asked of him. There is no shadow of doubt that he is the best wicketkeeper in the world at present. The only question was whether Wriddhi was a good enough batsman, especially when the team is looking to play five bowlers."

"Now, from the batting perspective, ever since Wriddhi's comeback, he has scored runs every time he has gone out to bat. He has performed for India A consistently."

"Yes, one may ask if Wriddhi is a better batsman than Rishabh… Well, maybe not. Then the question arises that in this format, do you prefer a better keeper or a better batsman?"

"Going by what I saw of Rishabh in the West Indies as far as his keeping is concerned and what's expected at home in the coming Tests, I would go with Wriddhi."

The first of the three match Test series against South Africa will be played at Visakhapatnam from October 2.

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