Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar believes wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant could get a chance in the third Test of the ongoing five-match series against England starting August 18 at Leeds, Headingley.
Pant, alongside Dinesh Karthik, was named in the 18-man Indian squad for the first three England Tests after regular wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha failed to recover from the injury he sustained during the last edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“It is an opportunity for sure and for the third Test he might get into the team. In fact, he might get in the team as a batsman down the order rather than as a wicket-keeper,” Gavaskar, an expert with official broadcasters Sony Pictures Network, told a select group of reporters said.
“He certainly is in the frame, the fact that he was chosen ahead of everybody else the moment (Wriddhiman) Saha was declared unfit, just tells you the thinking of the selection committee and team management,” he added.
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Haridwar-born Pant got a maiden Test call-up after impressing selectors with his IPL performance, where he scored 681 runs from 14 games at an average of 52.61 and a staggering strike rate of 173.60. It included a century and five fifties.
Meanwhile, Karthik was not at his best with both bat and gloves in the Edgbaston Test which India lost by 31 runs. The 33-year-old scored just 0 and 20 and also dropped a catch. England are currently leading the five-match series 1-0.
(With PTI inputs)