Pant’s fitness and weak skills are a matter of concern: Prasad

New Delhi, 7 January (IANS). India chose Rishabh Pant in place of veteran wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha for the second Test played against Australia and the third Test which started in Sydney from Thursday.

But India’s decision appeared to be wrong when on the first day of the third Test, on Thursday, Pant gave life twice to young Australian opener Will Pukowski.

Pant gave life to Pukowski twice on the rain-disrupted first day of the third Test. Pant first dropped Pukowski’s catch on 26 and then 32 runs. Pant first missed the catch of Ravichandran Ashwin and then Pukowski off Mohammad Siraj.

After this, Pukowski took advantage of this life, scoring a 62-run half-century in his debut Test and later he was dismissed by fast bowler Navdeep Saini.

Pant’s poor wicketkeeping has also been widely criticized on social media and now former Indian wicketkeeper and selector chief MSK Prasad has said that Pant needs to work on his fitness as well as wicketkeeping skills.

Prasad told IANS, first of all, he would have to work on his fitness, not only on his general fitness but also on his fitness for wicketkeeping. The wicketkeeper has to move on both sides to catch the balls.

He said, he is only jumping. If you are fit, you will move on both sides. If you are not fit, you will move only on one side. He did well on the last tour of Australia.

Prasad further said that Pant needs to practice a lot.

The former wicketkeeper said, he will have to improve his basics back. They have to improve wicketkeeping, reaction time, predictions and ball-end skills.

Earlier, former Australia captain Ricky Potting also criticized Pant’s poor wicketkeeping on Thursday, saying that Pant needed a lot of work on his wicketkeeping.

Pant plays for the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Ponting is the coach of this team.

“Since his debut in Test cricket, he has missed more catches than any other wicketkeeper in the world,” Ponting told This suggests that he needs to work on his wicketkeeping.

When India last toured Australia in 2018-19, Pant had a brilliant performance with the bat in Sydney and scored a century of 159 runs.



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