India’s wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha has backed Rishabh Pant to be India’s first-choice wicket-keeper for the upcoming WTC Final and five Tests against England. Saha believes that since Rishabh Pant has been on a roll in the past few months, he should play as the first-choice keeper.
The past few Tests have been a dream for Rishabh Pant, who helped India draw the Sydney Test and then scripted history to breach the fortress Gabba after three decades. Following this, Rishabh Pant continued his dream run in the Test series against England and scored a magnificent century in the fourth Test in Ahmedabad to help India secure a spot in the World Test Championship (WTC) Final against New Zealand.
India’s upcoming long summer in England
Now, India’s next assignment is the WTC Final against New Zealand in Southampton and then the five-match Test series against England in August. Saha is also a part of the squad which will stay in England for the next three months. However, the veteran wicket-keeper feels that Rishabh Pant deserves to take the gloves and he himself will wait to perform if any opportunity arises.
Rishabh Pant is our first-choice keeper in England: Wriddhiman Saha
“Rishabh Pant played the last few matches of the World Test Championship, he’s done well and he should be our first-choice keeper in England. I would just wait, and if any opportunity arises, I will give my best. I will keep practising for that one chance,” Saha told Sportskeeda.
When India were bundled out for a mere 36 in first Tests in Adelaide, Wriddhiman Saha was the wicketkeeper ahead of Rishabh Pant. However, in the next match itself, he was dropped and Pant’s glory days began thereafter. Saha opined that he’ll continue to remain hopeful about his chances.
“I try to be the same irrespective of the situation. Whether I am performing or no, I don’t see any change in myself, no idea if others around me spot anything different. We can only try to perform – sometimes it clicks, sometimes it doesn’t – and the management takes the call based on all these parameters,” the wicket-keeper added.