Former Indian all-rounder and 2011 World Cup-winning player Yuvraj Singh reckons Rishabh Pant as a potential Indian captain in the future following his exploits in the IPL 2021 with added captaincy roles.
The former cricketer said Pant has proved himself in the tough conditions and is going to be a match-winner of the team.
The 23-years old Rishabh Pant had a horrible initial stage of his career where he was consistently criticised for his wicket-keeping skills and rash shot play to throw wicket.
The cricketer with the support of Indian management, who backed him knowing his capabilities, has overcome his shortcomings and has proved his mettle in the recent past.
Pant was brilliant in the 2020-21 Border Gavaskar Trophy where he scored crucial runs and won the series, playing a scintillating knock of unbeaten 89 at the Gaba to seal the Border Gavaskar Trophy.
He also had a good time against England earlier this year where he amassed 270 runs including a century and two half-centuries.
“Rishabh Pant has proven to be a match-winner. In tough conditions like Australia, the way he batted and the way he got a brilliant hundred against England as well. He is probably a key (player) in the middle order,” Yuvraj told TimesofIndia.com
He further said that it feels good to watch the public and media speaking good about Rishabh lately, especially after a lot of criticism he received for his poor wicketkeeping.
“I am very glad, that you are saying he is very mature and he is a find for India because I felt he got a lot of criticism after the ways (in which) he got out. So, it is good to listen to some positive words for him,” Singh added.
The 2011 World Cup-winning cricketer compared the likes of legendary Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist with Rishabh Pant. He can change the course of the game in a blink and can be really destructive.
“I see someone, Rishabh Pant, like Adam Gilchrist who can change the course of the game. Gilchrist changed the course of the game in Test cricket when he came onto the scene. And I feel Rishabh can do the same,” he said.
Pant has got a sharp and smart brain behind his jolly, chirpy and ever-smiling attitude reckons Yuvraj Singh and foresees him as future Indian captain.
“I also see Rishabh as a potential Indian captain in the future. But I feel he surely has a smart brain as well, because I saw him when he was captaining in the IPL for Delhi Capitals. He did an incredible job. So, people should look at him as the next captain of the Indian team in the coming years,” Yuvraj said
Rishabh Pant a bright prospect to lead India in Future says, Yuvraj Singh.