Former Indian middle-order batsman VVS Laxman has praised the amount of work Rishabh Pant has done. While Rishabh Pant was one of the biggest match winners for India with the bat, the young man also influenced the match behind the stumps. VVS Laxman revealed that R Sridhar and Wriddhiman Saha receive a lot of credit.
Retaining Rishabh Pant at the start of his Test career has raised many questions because he missed a lot of stumps. However, the 23-year-old has drastically upgraded this year. He was at the top of his game in the continuing Test against England in Nottingham. Pant held exceptionally well, even though the ball got moving throughout the day and took four catches behind the stumps, including two divers.
When VVS Laxman was asked how impressed he was, former Indian cricketer praised Rishabh Pant and praised R Sridhar and Wriddhiman Saha for the progress. The 47-year-old feels that Pant’s glove has already started to look good during the Chennai Test against England earlier this year. Laxman noted that although the batting surface of the Southpaw holds a lot of potential, his retention has also been improved, thanks to R Sridhar and Wriddhiman Saha.
“Very impressed. I think credit should be given to field coach R Sridhar and Wriddhiman Saha as there has been a drastic change in the retention of Rishabh Pant in the Chennai Test match against England. I was a little skeptical because the only thing that had to improve Rishabh Pant was keeping it. He did so much with his batting because he already had countless talent and potential. But his technique was not ideal; However, the way he worked to preserve it, the way I speak, R Sridhar and Wriddhiman Saha spent a lot of time, ” Laxman told ESPN Cricinfo.
He is so balanced behind the stumps: VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman noticed that Rishabh Pant looked balanced behind the stumps and his movement was incredible on day four. The veteran of 134 tests stressed that these are the results of the hard work he put in and also a lot of practice. Laxman conceded that holding is much like batting and more training only yields better results.
“Now you see, he’s so balanced behind the stumps. Although the ball deviated so much, he could move and then dive and take the catching step. It shows that he worked hard on his moves because keeping bat is going to move a lot, being nimble on your feet and Rishabh Pant did it. It is simply because of a lot of exercise, a lot of exercise and the more you exercise, the more results will come to your side. And that is exactly what Pant did, ” he added.