Ganguly lauds Pant, says his time will come

Left spellbound by Rishabh Pant’s blistering unbeaten century against Sunrisers Hyderabad, former India captain Sourav Ganguly said the Delhi Daredevils wicketkeeper-batsman will get to play for the national team in due time.

Pant demolished arguably the best bowling attack of the tournament in a sensational 63-ball 128 not out, the highest T20 score by an Indian.   -  PTI

Since M.S. Dhoni is irreplaceable at the moment, promising young wicketkeeper-batsmen like Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan, who have been performing well in the Indian Premier League (IPL), will have to wait to make it to the Indian side on a regular basis, according to former India captain Sourav Ganguly.

At a promotional event here on Friday, Ganguly shared his views on Delhi Daredevils player Pant’s blistering 63-ball unbeaten 128 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. He said, “I think he is the future. For the likes of Pant and Ishan Kishan (who scored a 21-ball 62 against Kolkata Knight Riders the other night), time will come. They are young, there’s no hurry. They will get matured as they play more games. But consistency is important...When you pick someone for the country, you look for consistency.”

'Can't replace M.S.'

According to Ganguly, experienced campaigners like Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik deserved to be in the national team. “You can't replace M. S. at the moment. Then you have Dinesh Karthik who also deserves a chance in the national side, especially after what he did in Sri Lanka to win that game which was absolutely lost for India. Dinesh deserves it more than anybody else because I think he is a very good player.”

When asked about the future of the newly-floated 100-ball cricket competition, Ganguly said time will tell. “It’s actually 16-and-a-half overs. Have to see how shorter it gets. But shorter the format, lesser the gap between the very good and ordinary players,” said Ganguly at another event to promote Under-16 tournament Pro Star League.

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