Former Indian cricketer and national selector Sarandeep Singh has heaped praise on Rishabh Pant, stating that he can India 10 years in Test cricket, while Wriddhiman Sahan cannot. However, in terms of ODIs, the selector insists on KL Rahul as the first-choice wicket-keeper when Shreyas Iyer returns. Read more - Twitter Reactions: Rishabh Pant appointed as the captain of Delhi Capitals for IPL 2021
"He (Rishabh) can give you 10 years in Test cricket, Saha cannot and has become the number one choice. In ODIs, Shreyas got injured so Rishabh played. When he is back, KL should be the wicketkeeper because he has been keeping wickets for a long time and is doing a fine job," Sarandeep told PTI.
Pant was outstanding in the Test series against Australia and carried his stunning form in the home series against England and based on his form, he was recalled for the limited-overs series.
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The 23-year-old started as the favorite wicket-keeper batsman in the T20Is but wasn't selected for the first ODI. However, an injury to Shreyas Iyer meant Rishabh was in the playing XI for the remaining two matches. Making a good use of the opportunity, Rishabh scored back to back fifties and became the leading run-getter for India across all formats in the International season (including Australia and England series).
"No praise will be enough for Pant. He had some fitness issues, worked on that, and worked on his shot selection. If you expect a 21-year-old to play like a 30-year-old, it is tough to start with. You see Hardik (Pandya), the way he bats now with experience, the same thing has been seen in Pant now in the last six months or so," Sarandeep Singh added.
The former selector threw light on the fact that Pant wasn't just batting blindly. He was following every ball was picking the right ball to hit, which proves he has matured a lot.
"He (Rishabh) was out of the team which was good for him. There is a right time and right ball to hit. The way he played in Australia, it shows he has gained a lot of experience. He is picking and choosing," he said.