India’s 1st-choice T20I wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant will be looking to go past MS Dhoni on the list of wicketkeepers with most dismissals in the soon-to-begin India-West Indies T20I series which consists of three matches. The hosts will play West Indies from December 6
Pant currently has three dismissals from seven T20Is involving India and West Indies while MS Dhoni has 5 from 7 T20Is. Second, on the list is
Former West Indies keeper Dinesh Ramdin with five dismissals while Andre Fletcher is on the third spot with four dismissals. India’s Dinesh Karthik is fourth with three dismissals.
Rishabh Pant’s performances have been under the scanner for a while now, and the management is being criticized for giving him too many chances. However, the selectors don’t seem too confident about Sanju Samson, although the Kerala keeper-batsman is a part of the squad for this series as a late replacement for the injured Shikhar Dhawan.
But for Pant to hope for a place in the team for the next year’s World T20, this series will be very important. Skipper Kohli has made it clear that the squads have been chosen as a part of the preparations for next year’s event which will take place in Australia.
“For us, it will be more about figuring who can transition to international cricket. Our combination is getting stronger. I think from now on we’ll be playing a team which will be close to the team we will be playing in the T20 World Cup,” said Kohli at a press conference ahead of the series. Backing Pant, he insisted, “We certainly believe in Rishabh’s ability. As you say, it’s (also) the player’s responsibility to do well but our responsibility is to give him space, to support him. He should get support and it is disrespectful if you don’t get it.”
In Tests, Wriddhiman Saha has been doing a great job with the gloves ever since Dhoni called it a day. But in the limited-overs format, the search for a well-polished candidate still continues. As of now, it is either Pant or Samson.