Sky is the limit for Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw, says Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar had huge compliments to pay to two of youngest and brightest stars in the current team set up.Speaking to India Today after India’s resounding 10-wicket win over West Indies in the second Test match in Hyderabad, Gavaskar praised Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant for their aggressive batting and abilities on the field.While Shaw earned the man-of-the-series award for scoring 234 runs from three innings, Pant bagged the bankable player of the series for scoring 184 runs from two innings and being extremely effective behind the stumps.The 18-year-old Shaw one would say edged out the 21-year-old Pant because of the hundred on debut and an impressive 70 in the first innings of the second Test but Gavaskar felt that Pant is a game changer down the order coming in at No.6 in whites.Also read – Hyderabad Test: Prithvi Shaw is born to play cricket, says Ravi Shastri”Looking at the way Rishabh Pant has settled in the team, I wouldn’t disturb the combination at all. He can be someone like Adam Gilchrist or Quinton de Kock to come down the order and if four wickets have fallen early, to take the game away from the opposition. So, that has to be encouraged. He can be destructive. If there is an Ajinkya Rahane or Virat Kohli at the other end, that’ll be an absolutely deadly combination. Rishabh Pant also impressed Team India coach Ravi Shastri with his wicket-keeping skills (AP Photo)”His wicket-keeping is improving every day, the more he keeps wickets to Ashwin and Jadeja the better. He hasn’t kept wickets to them before. He will get better with time and the more he keeps wickets to them, he will get used to their spin, varieties and he’ll be that much better with every game he keeps to them. Unfortunate for Wriddhiman Saha but with current form and performance, he slots into the XI straight away,” Gavaskar said.Also read – Prithvi Shaw cherishes man-of-the-series award in debut Test seriesadvertisementHe also backed the southpaw to come good in the Indian middle-order in ODIs because of his ability to be destructive.”A left-hander coming in at No.4 would be absolutely terrific and with the destructive abilities he has, it would definitely be a great addition to the Indian limited-overs side as well. Getting to spend time with the one and only MSD (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) in the change room…how educating will that be for a young man, who is wanting to learn?”Also read – Stat: India 2nd team after Australia to win 10 successive Test series at home Prithvi Shaw is the only Indian batsman to score a century on Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Test debut (AP Photo)The legendary batsman also lauded Shaw for his ‘dream start’ to international cricket.”This is a dream start of the young man. He couldn’t have asked for a better start and he deserves it. He has been making adjustments and sure he won’t find it easy in Australia. Nobody finds it easy and he made adjustments today when he was struck in the hand and he hung in there. He is hungry for runs and hungry for hundreds,” Gavaskar said.”By all accounts, Pant, Shaw, when they are in the change room…they are all the time asking the seniors about tips, they are very good observers and that’s the one way to improve.”So, the future is very bright for both these young stars and like Ravi Shastri said…if they keep up the work ethic, do not relax, do not take the game for granted…then the sky is the limit for both these guys,” Gavaskar added.last_img read more