Immensely talented Rishabh Pant will bloom with experience: Former India wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani

Former India wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani has said that Rishabh Pant is an immensely talented cricketer but has to be groomed properly behind the stumps before it’s too late.

Since Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s absence from the team after the 2019 World Cup, India offered more opportunities to Pant, who was touted as the former’s successor, but the youngster has not been consistent either with the gloves or with the bat and lost his spot in the ODI side recently.

The Indian team management has preferred KL Rahul behind the stumps in the limited-overs formats. During India’s tour of New Zealand, the 22-year-old did not feature in a single One-Day International or T20 International.

Kirmani said Pant he needs to be polished before he could become a regular part of the Indian team and feels he will get better with experience.

“Yes, he did not capitalise on the chances provided to him,” Kirmani told Hindustan Times.

“Wicketkeeping is the most thankless and difficult job in cricket and I believe Pant has to be properly groomed. I agree that talent has to be encouraged, but mind you, in every profession, talented and promising youngsters have to be under the study of experienced seniors. Otherwise a lot of water will go under the bridge…

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