‘Rishabh Pant might find it very…’ Sunil Gavaskar on wicketkeeper-batter’s comeback to competitive cricket | Cricket News


New Delhi: Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar it is estimated Rishabh Pant He may face challenges in regaining his fluent form at the beginning of the IPL. However, he believes Pant's knees will respond positively as he gradually engages in more batting during match scenarios.
Pant, who suffered a tragic car accident in December 2022, will return to competitive cricket as Delhi Capitals captain after a rigorous 14-month rehabilitation programme. It will be very difficult. But the good thing is that he has played some cricket. So he has got some practice. It is a bit difficult to get the flow in batting,” Gavaskar told 'Star Sports'.
Gavaskar elaborated on his point of view by suggesting that Pant's initial struggle to recapture his great form in the IPL could be due to being away from competitive cricket for a long period of time.
“When you talk about a Knee Injury, which forms the axis. Wicketkeeping is difficult in itself, but knees are very important in batting also. So, perhaps, initially, we will not be able to see the real Rishabh Pant that we are used to,” said the maestro.
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Gavaskar acknowledged that Pant's presence and his lively personality contribute significantly to the entertainment factor of the IPL.
“To find a wicketkeeper like him who does commentary from behind the stumps, it is pure entertainment because there are a lot of wicketkeepers who would like to break your concentration by saying different things.”
“…But Rishabh Pant has the ability to say such a thing that whoever he is targeting, they also laugh, they also enjoy it. But when they enjoy it, their concentration is a little less. It happens, right? The advantage is that then their team.”
Gavaskar also expressed curiosity about how Shubman Gill Will be performing in his inaugural stint as captain of Gujarat Titans. As Gill takes on this new leadership role, Gavaskar, like many others, is eager to see how he handles the challenges and responsibilities of leading a team in the IPL.
“That will be the most important thing: the way he can handle the captaincy. Will it affect and impact his batting? And secondly there is a similarity in our initials; we are both SG, and if we were to go On top of that, my initials are SMG, and his name is Shubh-Man Gill.”
(With PTI inputs)

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