Former West Indies captain Brian Lara said that Rishabh Pant should be the number one contender to replace MS Dhoni in the Indian squad. Brian Lara feels that KL Rahul should not think too much about wicket-keeping in the Indian team as he is such a great batsman.
Brian Lara said that Sanju Samson needs to work on the little chinks which Pant has who is currently playing for Delhi Capitals in the ongoing IPL. Pant had lost his place in the white ball cricket as KL Rahul performed very well against New Zealand earlier this year as a wicket-keeper batsman.
Talking on Star Sports Cricket Connected, Lara said, “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 number one.
“I would like to say that KL Rahul should not be bothered with wicket keeping 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. “I feel there’s a little chink in his armory in terms of his technique against very good bowling on sporty tracks,” Lara said.
Rishabh Pant has played five matches in this year’s IPL so far & has scored 171 runs at an average of 42.75. KL Rahul & Sanju Samson have registered 302 & 171 runs so far in the ongoing IPL. Pant has played 13 Tests, 16 ODIs, and 28 T20Is for India so far, managing to score 1,198 runs across all formats of the game.