Rishabh Pant is under the recovery process since his car accident. Due to this, he will not be part of the upcoming New Zealand tour which has been scheduled after the Sri Lanka ODI series. And, from 9th February onwards India will be hosting Border Gavaskar Trophy 2023 season at their home consisting of 4 Test matches and after that India will also host a 3-match ODI series as well.
It is also in the news that Rishabh will be rested for the entire Australia tour of India 2023, he also might have to miss the IPL 2023 season as well. Now, this will be a big headache for the management to find a suitable replacement for Rishabh Pant who is being an integral member of the red ball Indian cricket squad. When it comes to red-ball cricket, Rishabh has been super impressive every time for the last couple of years. Management, Fans, and Experts will all surely miss Pant in the Test Squad for the upcoming Border Gavaskar Trophy 2023.
So, we have prepared a list of all the best possible players who can replace Pant with both Wicket-keeping and Batting duties.
Rishabh Pant’s Best Possible Replacements:
KS Bharat will get a direct entry if Team India wants a like-to-like replacement for Rishabh in the playing 11. India will be good with Bharat a similar kind of replacement if they don’t tempt to play an extra all-around option. Bharat has performed well whenever he played any kind of red ball practice or domestic matches. He is yet to debut and possibly Rishabh’s absence could be a blessing in disguise for him. With Rishabh Pant as a solid wicket-keeper and other positions occupied, he did not get his India cap so far.
KL Rahul could be played as a wicket-keeper batsman in the squad. He has adequate experience while keeping behind the stumps also, he has been appointed as the wicket-keeper for the ODIs in the absence of Rishabh during the Bangladesh tour. With KL Rahul, Team India will have the luxury to play an extra bowler or an all-rounder in Rishabh Pant’s position. With the extra option, management can also play Washington Sundar.
In-form cricketer Sarfaraz Khan, who had a very impressive recent Duleep Trophy season and also he is doing well in the Ranji Trophy could be on the radar of the selectors. Sarfaraz is a young 25 years old cricketer who can also keep the wickets With this opportunity, Management can explore other options for the future as well.