“Adapting to different conditions makes him special”: Ajay Ratra on India’s wicket-keeper debate; Picks his favorite
With Pant’s meteoric rise in international cricket, he has been on par if not ahead in terms of both – scoring runs and wicket-keeping skills. Many former players and pundits have heaped praises for Pant. Here is what Ajay Ratra has to say India’s wicket-keeper conundrum.
Former India wicket-keeper Ajay Ratra stated that Indian wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant has moved ahead and he can adapt to different conditions which have made him special.
Ratra recently coached the Assam State team in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Tournament and the Vijay Hazare Trophy. In March 2021, Delhi Capitals announced Ajay Ratra as their team’s assistant coach. Ratra while speaking to Sportskeeda explained how Pant is ahead thanks to his adaptability skills.
“I don’t believe in too many comparisons. Both are very good, though with different styles. Wriddhiman is more traditional. Rishabh is a very “bindaas” type like Virender Sehwag.” said Ratra.
“Both have different styles, for sure. Saha has more experience but Rishabh is improving and batting in crunch situations. It doesn’t mean Saha is not a good batsman. He doesn’t have to prove to anyone now,” Ratra pointed out.
Ratra has worked with Rishabh Pant in the Delhi Capitals camp and while in National Cricket Academy worked with Wriddhiman Saha, among others.
“As an overall package, Pant is ahead, especially the way he has performed in Australia. Though his style of play shows that Pant could be successful in only shorter formats, the way he has done well in different conditions in England, Australia, India, against tough opponents, he has come up nicely. That is his greatness,” told Ratra.
Pant has been in excellent form. Pant scored 274 runs at an average of little over 68 against Australia in the Test series Down Under, 2020-21. Pant’s performance against England at home earlier this year in February and March – 270 runs averaging 54. He also scored 213 runs in eight games in IPL 2021 until its suspension.
“The way he has adapted in different conditions has made him special. After that, even in Australia, when the situation demanded and when the conditions were not great for batting, he took his time. And when he felt it was time to attack a bowler, he went after him.”
“He can quickly score 30-35 runs in two or three overs. He is that sort of stuff. I appreciate his adaptability, when to step on the accelerator and when not to. It is not easy, though. He has put an end to the debate, at least for now,” Ratra concluded.