Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan has been a major part of the recent developments since the start of the second India vs England Test match in Chennai for his critical comments questioning the surface used for the game. However, the former England captain has once again taken a dig at the Indian team and this time Vaughan has voiced his opinion over Rishabh Pant’s wicket-keeping skills. In the ongoing Test series against England at home, Pant has been brilliant with the bat and has also rather kept wickets decently in both the Test matches at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
India registered a stunning 317-run victory in the second Test to level the four-match Test series 1-1 and wicket-keeper batsman Pant took two brilliant catches and also affected two incredible stumpings. However, Vaughan has stated that the talented Indian young keeper should continue to work on his wicket-keeping skills. The former England batsman also termed Pant’s wicket-keeping as the biggest positive from the second Test win against England.
“We know that he’s active because he’s always a little bit chirpy and that’s fine. But you’ve got to be able to catch the ball. His keeping in this game has been very, very good, and that for me has been a massive positive for the Indian team. He needs to continue to work and get better and catch the majority of the balls that come his way and do it with better technique,” quoted Michael Vaughan during an interaction with Cricbuzz.
Rishabh Pant has surely emerged as one of India’s biggest match-winners in the longest format of the game after the two mindboggling knocks against Australia recently in Sydney and Brisbane to help his team script a memorable series win Down Under. In the ongoing series against England, the southpaw has scored 168 runs in two Tests at an average of 56. However, the former England captain reckons that Pant still has to decide a long distance in order to become a consistent gloveman.
“I think he’s getting better all the time and he’s probably doing a lot of work on the training ground – he’s still got a long way to go to become a real, consistent keeper. One good Test match behind the stumps doesn’t make you a good wicketkeeper. He’s got to do it again,” concluded Vaughan.
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