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Aussie Great Ricky Ponting Hails Rishabh Pant Says, 'He Is Sort Of Like Another Adam Gilchrist'

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| January 22 , 2019 , 20:06 IST

Great Australian captain Ricky Ponting was all praises for young Indian wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant and compares him with none other than the legendary Adam Gilchrist.    

Delhi keeper Pant won the ICC Men's Emerging Player Award and was one of the only three Indian cricketers to be named in the ICC Test team of the Year, led by Virat Kohli. Pacer Jasprit Bumrah is the third Indian to feature in the famed XI.

Ponting in his praise for Pant said the southpaw, who has already belted two overseas Test centuries - in England and Australia will surpass former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's tally of six Test tons.

"He is a real talent and an incredibly good ball striker. He has got a really good game sense as well. He is someone who could play a lot of Test cricket for India across formats. He has got to do a bit of work on his keeping and he will also become a better batsman," Ponting was quoted as saying by the ICC website.

"We talk about MS Dhoni all the time and his impact on Indian cricket. He played a lot of Tests for India but made only six Test hundreds.

"This kid will make a lot more Test hundreds than that. We talk about him in the commentary box and he is sort of like another Adam Gilchrist," he added.

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Gilchrist also hailed Pant saying the Indian wicketkeeper is one player he would "happily pay to watch".

"He's a cricketer that is at the start of his journey so he'll learn these particular parts of the game and he'll learn that there's always more time than what you think, but he's got a great foundation to be a successful Test cricketer."

"He's a cricketer that I would happily pay to watch," he said.

Pant recently equalled England's Jack Russell and South Africa's AB de Villiers to effect 11 dismissals- the most by any wicketkeeper in Tests against Australia in the Adelaide Test.