Former wicket-keeper of India, Syed Kirmani commented Wriddhiman Saha deserves to play the second test against West Indies instead of Risabh Pant. Kirmani feels Pant still has a long way to go.

Pant’s short career has been inconsistent at best especially his indiscreet shot selection during World Cup and the ongoing West Indies tour that has left everyone disappointed.

Kirmani commented to PTI about Pant, “He is still in his infancy. But he is god gifted but needs to learn a lot.”

The member of the 1983 world-cup winning squad said, “It’s the most difficult positions in the field. Not everyone can do keeping by just wearing a pair of gloves.”

Kirmani, a former chairman of selectors wants Wriddhiman to play next test in Jamaica. He questioned, “Saha unfortunately had some injury problems. He has to be given equal opportunity. Whats the point of keeping him in the side, if you do not give him chance.”

He added more, “We have to judge on pure performance. Saha came to Indian side following his consistency at domestic level. But when you are out of the picture, somebody else takes over your place, so the likes of Karthik and Pant came into picture.”


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