After a successful Indian Premier League season and some great performances for India, young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant received a maiden Test call in England earlier this week.
Speaking in an interview to BCCI, India A coach Rahul Dravid stressed that the 20-year old has the “temperament” to perform in the longest format.
“Rishabh was quite excellent on the tour. He is obviously a very talented player. He showed in three or four innings that he was willing to bat differently. We all know the way he bats. Even in the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy season when he got over to 900 runs his S/R was 100 plus and we have seen him bat similarly in the IPL as well,” said Dravid
“On this trip, we challenged him a lot to bat according to the situation. He got a critical 64 (not out) in the one-day final when he was the last recognized batsman and also against West Indies A when he put on a 100-run partnership with Jayant Yadav,” he added.
Dravid also heaped praise on youngster’s temperament and said that he knows how to play in a current situation.
“He showed that he could bat differently. He has the temperament and skills to bat differently. He is always going to be an attacking player but reading of the situation when you are playing red ball cricket is required. We are glad he has been picked in the national team and I hope he takes this maturity into the national team and hopefully builds from thereon,” he concluded.