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Sourav Ganguly predicts bright cricket future for India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant

first_imgSourav Ganguly predicts bright cricket future for India wicketkeeper Rishabh PantIndia vs Australia: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly lauded Cheteshwar Pujara and Jasprit Bumrah’s contribution to India’s historic Test series win Down Under.advertisement Press Trust of India KolkataJanuary 7, 2019UPDATED: January 7, 2019 20:46 IST Rishabh Pant scored an unbeaten 159, his first hundred in Australia, in the drawn fourth Test in Sydney (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant finished the Australia series with 350 runs, 68 more than captain Virat KohliPant became the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a century in AustraliaCheteshwar Pujara and Jasprit Bumrah topped the batting and bowling charts vs Australia, respectivelyFormer captain Sourav Ganguly on Monday hailed India’s historic Test series win in Australia and said wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant is one for the “future”.Having made his Test debut in August 2018, the 21-year-old Pant has gone from strength to strength, scoring a Test hundred each in England and Australia within months.In Australia, Pant amassed 350 runs in seven innings, the second highest after Cheteshwar Pujara, while behind the stumps he broke the record for most catches — 20 — by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test series.”He will be a superb player for India in the future. He has been so good in the series and in future also, he will shine,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of Bengal’s Ranji Trophy Elite Group B fixture against Punjab.Rain played spoilsport in the fourth and final Test as the Virat Kohli-led side won the series 2-1, ending a 71-year wait to win their first series Down Under.Terrific win, India played excellent cricket: GangulyAustralia were 316 in arrears when the match was called off, leaving India with a 2-1 triumph after wins in Adelaide and Melbourne. Australia won in Perth.Terming their win terrific, Ganguly said: “It’s a terrific win. They played excellent cricket throughout and the batting clicked. They scored 400-600 runs and that was the key.””Bumrah and Pujara were simply brilliant. They played big roles behind the win,” Ganguly said, while also giving credit to pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who claimed 21 wickets in four Tests at an average of 17.00, including a five-for.advertisementPujara amassed 521 runs at 74.42, scoring three hundreds to be adjudged both Man of the Match and Man of the Series.Asked to compare Kohli’s side with teams of the past including his side that drew 1-1 in 2003-04, Ganguly said: “I don’t compare ever. So I can’t answer that question.Also Read | This is the best I have ever batted, says Cheteshwar PujaraAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara just can’t dance: Watch India stars celebrate historic winAlso Read | ndia vs Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara a living Buddha, says MSK PrasadAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Sourav GangulyFollow Rishabh PantFollow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow Jasprit Bumrahlast_img read more