Cricket

Will prepare myself for keeping on turners: Rishabh Pant

India’s Rishabh Pant runs in the field during the second day of the third cricket test match between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

New Delhi : Brimming with confidence after his maiden Test hundred in England, young Rishabh Pant is now aiming to fine-tune his wicket-keeping skills at the NCA ahead of the two-Test series against the West Indies, starting October 4.

Pant is likely to do simulation training in Bengaluru by keeping on tracks that offer turn in order to get ready for the decks that will be on offer in Rajkot and Hyderabad. “In India, the wickets are expected to be different from England. I plan to visit NCA before the series and keep on tracks where there will be roughs,” Pant said during an interaction on the sidelines of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad, in a recent interview, said that they are trying to arrange for an exclusive keeping session for Pant. “I am very happy that he [MSK Prasad] wants to help me out with my keeping. As a youngster, it is my duty to keep learning, improve at every given opportunity. That should be my endeavour,” he said.

Having kept against Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja in the last three Test matches, Pant has got an idea as to what he needs to do while keeping up to spinners. “I have kept up to senior spinners [Ashwin and Jadeja] in the nets apart from the Tests in England. Like Oval strip, where Jaddu bhai was bowling. The ball was turning and on fourth and fifth day, there were spots,” he recalled.

Keeping in England wasn’t easy but Pant said that he can’t fight the perceptions that a scorecard can create by showing 76 byes against his name. To be fair to Pant, some of those deliveries bowled by the Indian pacers were way off target. “Obviously, you can get frustrated. May be [all those byes] was not my fault but if someone is not watching the match, he would look only at the scorecard. Only those who saw the match would know that some of those were out of my reach.”

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