Wriddhiman Saha Backs Rishabh Pant As ‘India’s First-Choice Keeper’ For WTC Final: The young Indian wicketkeeper-batsman, Rishabh Pant has been on a roll for the past few months. Ahead of the Australia tour of 2020, there were debates over who should take the gloves for India in Test format – Wriddhiman Saha or Rishabh Pant.
However, Rishabh Pant impressed one and all with his stunning performance both with the bat and behind the stumps as a keeper. He emerged out as the first-choice keeper in the longest format of the game. Being in the red-hot form off lately, Rishabh Pant is expected to don the gloves again the much-awaited ICC World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand.
The much-awaited clash will take place in Southampton on June 18. Both Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha are a part of the Indian squad for the WTC final and five-match Test series against England.
Recently, while speaking to Sportskeeda, Saha said that he would just wait to perform if any opportunity arises and also claimed that Rishabh Pant should be playing as the first-choice wicketkeeper. He said:
“Rishabh Pant played the last few matches of the World Test Championship, he’s done well and he should be our first-choice keeper in England. I would just wait, and if any opportunity arises, I will give my best. I will keep practising for that one chance,”
For the unversed, last year Wriddhiman Saha was dropped from India’s playing XI after the Adelaide Test against Australia and was replaced by Rishabh Pant. However, Wriddhiman Saha stated that he will continue to remain positive irrespective of his performances. He said:
“I try to be the same irrespective of the situation. Whether I am performing or no, I don’t see any change in myself, no idea if others around me spot anything different. We can only try to perform – sometimes it clicks, sometimes it doesn’t – and the management takes the call based on all these parameters,”