Rishabh Pant hopes to convert 90s into 100s after missing second successive century

first_imgRishabh Pant missed out on a second successive century on Sunday, when he was out for 92 yet again early on Day 3 of the second and final Test against West Indies in Hyderabad.Pant, who resumed day three of the Test on 85, looked composed and set to score his second Test hundred but a superb catch from Shimron Hetmyer cut his innings short just eight runs away from another impressive century.And, he repeated the same mistake like the one in Rajkot. Despite all the taming down of aggression and sensible cricket towards the fag end of day two, Pant fell yet again while trying to manufacture a shot.Sky is the limit for Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw, says Sunil GavaskarShannon Gabriel bowled a short ball outside off and Pant tried to punch it aerially on the off side. He failed to keep it down and the placement wasn’t as good as he would have expected. The ball was a bit too close to Hetmyer but he still had a lot of work to do. However, he moved to his right swiftly and took an excellent diving catch to send Pant packing.Also read – Hyderabad Test: Prithvi Shaw is born to play cricket, says Ravi ShastriPant, who got out on the same score in the previous Test as well, now wants to learn from his mistakes. Speaking about missing out on another century after the match, Pant said: “I think about that only a little (on missing out of his ton), I need to convert these into hundreds in the future.”advertisementThe 21-year-old also praised his teammates for helping him settle in the team.Also read – Stat: India 2nd team after Australia to win 10 successive Test series at home”It has been a good experience for me playing Test cricket. The team is very helpful, everyone is helping me to grow in terms of batting and keeping. My goal is to keep playing for a long time for the country,” Pant said.His senior pro Ajinkya Rahane, with whom Pant stitched a 152-run stand for the fifth wicket in the first innings, also praised the Delhi dasher for listening to him and toning down on his aggression.Rishabh Pant capable of doing what Adam Gilchrist did for Australia”It was good fun (on the partnership with Pant), I was trying to control him yesterday, but it was hard. We knew one good partnership would put them (West Indies) down. It was good that he played within himself,” Rahane said with a big smile on his face.Pant scored 184 runs from two innings and his all-round show with the bat and gloves also earned him huge praise from India coach Ravi Shastri and former India captain Sunil Gavskar. Both opined that on current form, Pant should be selected ahead of Wriddhiman Saha in the pecking order for the playing XI, come the first Test in Australia on December 6.”Looking at the way Rishabh Pant has settled in the team, I wouldn’t disturb the combination at all. He can be someone like Adam Gilchrist or Quinton de Kock to come down the order and if four wickets have fallen early, to take the game away from the opposition. So, that has to be encouraged. He can be destructive. If there is an Ajinkya Rahane or Virat Kohli at the other end, that’ll be an absolutely deadly combination.”His wicket-keeping is improving every day, the more he keeps wickets to Ashwin and Jadeja the better. He hasn’t kept wickets to them before. He will get better with time and the more he keeps wickets to them, he will get used to their spin, varieties and he’ll be that much better with every game he keeps to them. Unfortunate for Wriddhiman Saha but with current form and performance, Pant slots into the XI straight away,” Gavaskar told India Today.”He’s such a good batsman and is good with the gloves as well. We have to go on according to the present form for team selection in Australia,” Shastri said after India’s thumping 10-wicket win over West Indies at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sunday.Pant’s recent run with the bat will give him great confidence going into the limited-overs series versus West Indies, starting on November 21. Pant has been selected as a batsman for the first two ODIs and if ‘current form’ is indeed the way to go, he could well make his debut on October 21 in Guwahati.last_img read more