Happy Birthday Rishabh Pant: Is there a better wicketkeeper as a T20 captain than Rohit Sharma?

Delhi Capitals captain and Team India wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant turned 24 on Monday (October 4). Pant will face DC against his idol MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in an IPL 2021 match in Dubai.

Indian T20 captain Virat Kohli has announced that he will step down as captain in the shortest format of the game after the T20 World Cup 2021 later this month. Fans are now speculating as to who will be India’s next T20 captain and if Pant will be a better option as captain then vice-captain Rohit Sharma, who is the favorite to handle Kohli’s reign.

Pant is a street-smart cricketer like former India captain and CSK captain Dhoni. He has also managed to prove his captaincy credentials in IPL 2021 in both India and UAE as DC are currently second on the points table at 18 points level with CSK and have already booked their playoff berths .

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit has had a great season with the bat and the five-time IPL champions are unlikely to make it to the playoffs as they are ranked seventh with just 2 matches left. This MI opener is also 10 years older than Pant – 34 to 24 and many believe that Pant could be a long-term solution for India.

Actually, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar wants Pant to be made the vice-captain of the T20 team as well. “I will also keep Rishabh Pant in mind as he has been really impressive in the way he has led the star-studded Delhi team and the bowling changes that he is making in the T20 format, he (Enrique) Nortje and (kagiso) is using. Rabada in such a clever way that actually shows a street-smart captain, and you always want a street-smart captain who can read situations and act quickly. So yes, KL Rahul and Pant are the two players I would look up to as vice-captains.

Pant is also a DRS specialist

Like Dhoni, Pant has also shown the ability to find DRS opportunities. During India’s Test series against England, skipper Virat Kohli benefited from Pant’s decision at times when he was hesitant to take the DRS.

Know here some more records in the name of Birthday Boy Pant…

Fastest Indian wicketkeeper to score 1,000 Test runs

Pant broke Dhoni’s record in the final Test against Australia at the Gabba in the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy series. He completed the milestone in 27 innings while MS Dhoni took 32 Test innings to score 1,000 runs.

First Indian batsman to start his Test career with a six

Pant created history in his first Test against England at Trent Bridge in 2018. The young wicketkeeper forced his team to hit leg-spinner Adil Rashid for a straight six off only the second ball of the innings in the third Test of the five-match series.

Most dismissals in a match

Pant created history by becoming the third wicket-keeper to be credited for the most dismissals in a match, including 11 catches behind the stumps during India’s first Test at Adelaide in Adelaide in 2018. Pant joins an elite list joining the Englishman Jack. Russell and South Africa’s AB de Villiers have claimed the elusive feat.

He took 6 catches in the first innings followed by 5 more in the second innings as India eventually won the match by 31 runs. With this achievement, Pant also holds the record for taking most catches in a match.

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