Rishabh Pant has more room for improvement, says Ajay Ratra

Former Indian wicket-keeper Ajay Ratra, 39, feels that Rishabh Pant still has a lot more room to take his batting and keeping skills to the next level.

“I have been following Rishabh’s progress and feel he has improved on his footwork. He is working on the glove work. I feel he can improve more on glove work. Age is on his side,” former Indian cricketer has told Sportskeeda.

Pant’s resurgence in the international arena came against Australia where he won India the Gabba game almost single-handedly. His 89 unbeaten helped a Kohli-less team India clinch the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1 with Ajinkya Rahane in-charge.

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Since then, Pant has been on a roll. His performance in Tests and white-ball series against England at home cemented him as the team management’s No. 1 choice to keep the gloves. He was also handed Delhi Capitals’ captaincy in the Indian Premier League after Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of action due to a shoulder injury.

Ratra feels that Pant is better than MS Dhoni was in the beginning of his career.

“When Dhoni made his debut, he was not that great. He learned at the international level and gained confidence from his batting. The same thing applies to Rishabh also. He has been batting so well and kept well in Indian conditions. If he continues that, we can see a much-improved Rishabh Pant,” Ratra added.