World news – Pants fight against spin behind the stumps continues in Sydney


According to Cricviz data, Pant is the worst active keeper (at least 10 tests) in the world when keeping wickets for spinners.

Published: January 07, 2021 7:51 PM |

Last updated: January 07, 2021 7:51 pm

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This combination of images shows India’s wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant dropping a catch from Australia’s Will Pucovski on the first day of the Sydney Test. (Photo | AFP)

CHENNAI: Bowlers often get philosophical when asked to comment on dropped catches. Team India’s pacer Mohammed Siraj was no exception in explaining wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant’s two discarded catches, including one from his own bowling. « Discarded catches are part of the game, » Siraj said the first day of the third test against Australia. « As a bowler, it can be a little frustrating, but we’re moving on. You can’t focus on what’s already happened. »

But the concern with Pant is that it happens far too often than it does would be of no concern at the elite level. Shortly after he spilled a relatively direct offer to Will Pucovski, the errors in his technique were broadcast again.

While this debate was still going on, the South Paw took another chance to kick off. To say Wriddhiman Saha devoured those chances is a mere guess, but you don’t want your specialists to turn into repeat offenders, especially on a deck that is written all over the place.

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What is not suspected at this point is that Pant has a problem with catching, the most basic wicketkeeping task. According to Cricviz data, he is the worst active keeper (at least 10 tests) in the world if he thinks he is wacky. Their data suggests that he has a 47.3 percent catch success rate when the tweakers are up and running. You don’t have to be a math assistant to find out more catches are being dropped than more catches.

To mitigate, he’s still young at this level. He’s only 23 so there’s still time to iron out his mistakes.

The obvious downside is hitting. He has Quinton de Kock-like numbers when hitting, can score quickly and thus transfers pressure to the opponent when necessary. It is this trait India was aiming for when they decided to pick him up for the second test over Saha.

Looking to the prime of Australian batsmen, Pant can atone for his sins behind the stumps by starring on this one Side plays: Runs with the bat.

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