Brian Lara, the former West Indies cricketer, has fancied Rishabh Pant as a wicket-keeper and finisher for the Indian Cricket Team over MS Dhoni. He assumes that the player is accomplishing admirably for his franchise, Delhi Capitals, and can beget a sharp way ahead to don the jersey for India.
Defining KL Rahul’s expertise behind the stumps, he declared that he will not be favoring Rahul for the Indian squad. Praising his batting techniques, Lara added that he should focus on his batting so he can add more runs. Also, for Sanju Samson, he understands that the Royals’ player can keep well, but is not doing the job currently.
Brian Lara picks his choice over MS Dhoni
“Well, first of all, I would like to say that KL Rahul should not be bothered with wicketkeeping when it comes to that Indian squad. He’s such a great batsman that I feel that he should concentrate on that and put in a lot of runs on the board. Sanju Samson, who is not ‘keeping for Rajasthan Royals, but I do understand that he keeps, that’s one of his main jobs – very classy player, looks good so far in the tournament in Sharjah,” said Lara on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.
He said that if the topic was discussed a year ago, he would have presumably said no for Pant. As of now, Lara admires Rishabh Pant’s abilities and sees him in the near future playing for the Men in Blue.
I feel there’s a little chink in his armory in terms of his technique against very good bowling on sporty tracks. Rishabh Pant a year ago, I would say no, but I feel that he has stepped up in terms of his responsibility as a batsman. Look at how he plays for Delhi Capitals, it looks like he wants that responsibility, he wants that onus on him to score runs, build an innings and get big scores. If he continues that way, I think that he should the No. 1,” he added.