‘He will play many more World Cups,’ Sourav Ganguly backs Rishabh Pant to be India’s premier wicketkeeper

Rishabh Pant has been getting a lot of plaudits after his spectacular match-winning knock against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). After missing out on a spot in India’s World Cup 2019 squad, Pant responded in the best possible way by getting his side Delhi Capitals (DC) to victory with a sensational knock of 78 runs off just 36 balls. With that win, DC have looks to have cemented their place in the top 4, presently sitting 2nd spot in the IPL points table with 7 wins from 11 matches.

Pant has been in good form during the tournament also as he has 336 runs in 11 innings for DC so far. And this has come at an average of 37.33 and at a brilliant strike rate of 163.10. But the selectors chose to pick Dinesh Karthik as the second choice wicketkeeper for the World Cup, which would have definitely disappointed Pant. But he shouldn’t worry too much according to former India captain, Sourav Ganguly, who feels the failure to make this squad should not come as a disappointment for the Delhi cricketer for he is in for the long haul.

“Dhoni will not play on forever. DK will also not play on forever. Rishabh is the next best. Pant is the future absolutely. He’s got 15-16 years ahead of him. I don’t see it as a major blow. I don’t think it’s a problem. He might miss this World Cup but he will play many more World Cups. This is not the end of the road for him,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

Ganguly went on to say, “I think it’s a good team, they picked themselves. I don’t think many missed out. Rishabh would have been great but that’s the way it goes.”

Ganguly is right in his assessment that Pant would be the future choice for India in the wicket-keeper’s spot. It is most likely going to be 37-year-old Dhoni’s last World Cup while Karthik is also in his mid-30s, so Pant would be donning the Men in Blue jersey in future cups if he keeps on performing.

Meanwhile, Pant will now look to keep his run-scoring form intact when Delhi Capitals face Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Sunday.