Ind vs Aus 2nd Test: Former BCCI chairman of selectors MSK Prasad wants Rishabh Pant in the playing XI ahead of Wriddhiman Saha as the wicket-keeper for the remaining three Tests against Australia.
For the first Test, Saha was picked over Pant for his experience and stand-out skills behind the wicket but his poor show with the bat in the Adelaide has worked against him. Hence, Saha is likely to face the axe as Rishabh Pant looks certain to take his place in the XI.
Prasad said that their committee (back when he was the chief selector) had decided that Pant would be their first choice wicketkeeper while playing in England and Australia.
“Look, our committee was clear that Rishabh Pant will be our first choice keeper in places like England and Australia. Only when we are looking at matches in India where you don’t need batting after number six most times, you can have a specialist keeper,” MSK Prasad was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
Pant, who has been struggling to retain his place in the senior national side across all formats, will be bolstered by his record in Australia — 350 runs, including a hundred, at an average of over 50 in 4 Tests during the 2018-19 tour.
“I believe Rishabh has worked on his fitness issues during the past month and looked in good touch during the pink ball practice game. So I would agree with the team management if they give Rishabh a go for the next three Tests,” the former wicket-keeper batsman added.
In the absence of Virat Kohli, India, under Ajinkya Rahane, are all set to make as many as 4 changes to the playing XI for the Boxing Day Test, starting December 26 after the 8-wicket drubbing in the series opener in Adelaide.