Rishabh Pant, the young Delhi wicket-keeper batsman looks all set to earn his maiden call for the upcoming One-Day International (ODI) series against the West Indies as per the reports doing rounds in the media.
Though Pant’s wicket-keeping skills have come under the scanner, the 21-year-old has impressed the selectors with his batting exploits. The Delhi lad will most likely replace Dinesh Karthik in the Indian squad and would be included as a pure batsman as former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be keeping the wickets.
The stylish left-handed batsman earned his maiden Test cap in England after Dinesh Karthik was ruled out due to injury. Though Pant did not do much in his debut Test, he went on to score a 114-run knock against Joe Root’s men at The Oval in the final Test.
After being ignored for the national squad for the recently concluded Asia Cup 2018, Pant scored an impressive 84-ball 92 in the first Test against the West Indies at Rajkot.
Pant has also been included in the 12-member squad announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the second Test against the West Indies starting on Friday.
Wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik, who was included in the Indian squad for England tour and Asia Cup as a pure batsman, hasn’t been very successful with the bat. Though Karthik scored runs in the thirties and forties, the Tamil Nadu-based batsman was not able to convert them into big scores. In the last 5 innings, his scores read as 33, 31*, 1*, 44 and 37.
“The problem is that he isn’t converting the 30s and 40s into big scores,” a source told The Times of India while hinting towards Karthik being replaced by Pant for the ODIs against the West Indies.