Rishabh Pant Possesses Immense Talent, We Need To Be Patient With Him: MSK Prasad
MSK Prasad said the selection committee is keeping an eye on the likes of Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson and a few others as backup wicket-keepers to take the workload off Rishabh Pant.
Rishabh Pant lost his wicket for four in India's chase of 150 in the second T20 International against South Africa in Mohali on Wednesday. However, India rode on an unbeaten knock by Virat Kohli to win the match by seven wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Earlier, Rishabh Pant had failed to impress in the two-Test series against the West Indies, managing scores of 27, 24 and seven in three innings. However, chairman of selectors MSK Prasad believes that one needs to be patient with someone as talented as Rishabh Pant.
MSK Prasad added that the selection committee is keeping an eye on the likes of Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson and a few others as backup wicket-keepers to take the workload off Rishabh Pant.
"I have already said that post World Cup we have been concentrating on the progress of Rishabh. We need to be patient with him, considering the immense talent that he possesses," Prasad told the Indian Express.
"We are monitoring the workload of Rishabh. Of course, we have been grooming backups across all formats. We have the young KS Bharath doing well in the longer format for India 'A'. We also have Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson doing well in the shorter formats for India 'A' and domestic cricket," the chief selector added.
Bharat was part of India 'A' team in the first unofficial Test against South Africa 'A' while Samson helped India 'A' win the unofficial ODI series against the same opposition 4-1 with a whirlwind knock of 91 off 48 balls in the final rubber.
(With IANS inputs)