The first test at Rajkot against the Carribbean side has been dominated by the hosts as they win it in style.
It was indeed a superb all-around performance by the men in blue to register a record-breaking, an innings and 272 runs win over the West Indies on Saturday.
The batting, bowling, fielding and keeping departments were all at par for India that yielded such massive result. The bowlers, particularly the spinners were magical with the ball as they forced the Windies to be bundled out for just 181 runs in the first innings, thereby having to face the follow-on.
This story was replicated in the second innings too as the spinners devastated their batting line up for only 196 runs. This win has broken the previous best win against Afghanistan by an innings and 262 runs set recently.
Timely contributions from the fielders and the keeper also were a big help. However, former Indian wicketkeeper, Syed Kirmani has expressed his disappointment over the current wicketkeeper, Rishabh Pant.
It’s the fourth test for the 20-year-old youngster. Pant made his debut against England in the third test as he replaced wicketkeeper, Dinesh Karthik owing to his poor performance with the bat. Kirmani feels that Pant is a bit ill at ease behind the stumps, albeit being the part pro when it comes to batting.
Kirmani was all praises for this young man when asked about his batting. He said that Pant loved to stick to his natural style irrespective of the impending conditions which helps him in scoring big every match.
“Pant’s gung-ho approach to batting is quite refreshing to watch. He should not change the way he plays the game. That may lead to trouble. What he should, however, look at is conversion. The classic example today was Virat Kohli at the other end. When he got set, he ensured he reached a century. You should not miss out after doing all the hard work,”
Commenting on his keeping, the former wicketkeeper felt that he needs a bit more of experience to establish himself as a professional keeper. He added that he should be quite active and alert behind the stumps, anticipating the batsman’s motives and make his moves accordingly.
His abrupt dives at the last moment to stop the ball indicates his lack of proper approach which he needs to rectify. This analysis of the youngster has been done by Syed ever since his debut and the report said that he conceded 76 byes in the six innings. This is clearly not a healthy sign for an emerging wicketkeeper for the nation.
He has urged the youngster to work on his flaws to consolidate his position as a permanent wicketkeeper for the nation as the spot is now vacant after MSD’s retirement from red ball cricket.
“Pant’s footwork behind the stumps is not good. He does not move with the ball, instead dives at the last moment. These will take time. My main point is, look at the young keepers in the country. How will they learn? You have specific coaches for each and every position except for such a specialist role,”