Pant trains with former Indian keeper Kiran More
Rishabh Pant was recently removed from India team Test set-up but that doesn’t mean that he is not involved in the grand scheme of things. The talented youngster who is careless at times hasn’t found the perfect consistency and he is in the learning curve.
Indian selectors went with Wriddhiman Saha over Rishabh Pant in the opening Test against South Africa which came as a huge warning to Pant but the ultimate truth is that the youngster is already working on enhancing his keeping skills with former India stumper Kiran More.
Speaking to news agency IANS, sources in the team management added that Pant is working beyond the call of duty. The team wants the 21-year-old to fine-tune his keeping against the turning ball.
“There isn’t anything to read into the move and the team feels that Pant just needs to fine-tune his keeping skills a bit when it comes to Indian conditions in red-ball cricket and that is why he has been working with More on those aspects,” the source added.
When asked about it, Kiran More confirmed the same but added that it wasn’t an official appointment from the BCCI, but instead a case of two working on and off.
“We don’t have a schedule, it is on and off and not official. We just share a good relation,” he told IANS.
It is worth mentioning that Kiran More was one of those pivotal keepers in backing former India skipper M.S. Dhoni and the former chief selector reckons that Pant has an desirable record.
“He is keeping really well and I see a lot of improvement. He has got 53 dismissals in 11 Test matches and that is almost 5 dismissals per game. Every day you play, every day you grow. He has come up really well. The basics are very important and he has been working on that,” he pointed.
When asked about the specific areas that More has worked on with Pant, he said: “We have worked on his balance and his hand positioning because he has a terrific cricketing mind and picks things up very quickly. We have worked on small finer details. Hand and body positioning is very important and it takes time. With experience, you learn.”
“He has been playing for India for the last one and a half years. Everybody has their perception, but for me, he is ready. You can go through my record after 11 games, he has a fantastic record,” More concluded.
(With inputs from IANS)