Ashish Nehra and Sanjay Bangar reckon that Rishabh Pant is the apt replacement for MS Dhoni in Indian cricket team as the wicketkeeper-batsman will provide a much needed balance in the middle order. Also Read - IPL 2020 Updated Points Table After KXIP vs RR, Match 50 in Abu Dhabi: Royals Stay Afloat in Playoffs Race; KL Rahul, Kagiso Rabada Retain Orange, Purple Cap Respectively
Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket in mid-August but Indian team has still not settled on his successor. Pant leads the race and has in the past been endorsed as the first-choice across formats but his uneven form with the bat and mistakes behind the stumps mean he still hasn’t cemented the spot. Also Read - RCB vs SRH Dream11 Team Playing XI Updates, Hints And Predictions: Captain, Vice-captain, Fantasy Playing Tips, Probable XIs For Today's IPL 2020 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad T20 Match 52 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium 7:30 PM IST October 31 Saturday
In Test cricket, India have preferred Wriddhiman Saha purely for his superior wicketkeeping skills. And in limited-overs, they have had a fair success after experimenting with KL Rahul. Also Read - IPL 2020 Highlights KXIP vs RR, Match 50, Abu Dhabi: Gayle's 99 in Vain as Rajasthan Beat Punjab by Seven Wickets to Stay Alive in Playoffs Race
But Bangar, a former India batting coach, has backed Pant who has been in decent form in the ongoing IPL 2020 in the UAE.
“In terms of wicket-keeping, I think it would be Rishabh Pant. I think the way he started this year’s IPL and I think it is very important to have a left-hander as an option because for Team India when it comes to the middle order it helps to balance out the right-handers,” Bangar said Star Sports’ Cricket Connected.
While Nehra agrees with Bangar, he does feel the choice should depend on the format,
“It totally depends on which format we are talking about,” Nehra said.
“If we are talking about Test cricket, and if you want to go with the best wicket keeper then you also have to consider the mindset of the captain and coach. I am in total agreement with Sanjay Bangar, I think they should go ahead with Rishabh Pant. Pant should be backed! Every player needs to be backed when it comes to international cricket,” he added.