Gautam Gambhir terms replacing Wriddhiman Saha for Rishab Pant “unfair” on both wicketkeepers


Team India is all set to take on mighty Australia in the Boxing Day Test from Saturday, December 26. After the defeat in the first Test by 8 wickets, they brought four changes in the squad, including the wicketkeeper. However, former India opener Gautam Gambhir said that the team management has made players “insecure” with the rotating theory and he referred to the decision to rotate between Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant as “unfair”.

Gautam Gambhir

Notably, Saha has been dropped from the Boxing Day Test as he has been going through a rough form in the first Test and Gambhir asked if the team management will do the same with Pant if he fails in the upcoming games.

“It’s unfortunate and Wriddhiman Saha has played just one Test match in this series and he hasn’t done well and gets dropped. Imagine what happens to Pant if he doesn’t do well in this Test or the third Test. What do you do then? Would you go back to Wriddhiman Saha,” Gambhir questioned on YouTube channel ‘Sports Today’.

“That’s why this team looks so unsettled because no one is secured. Professional sport is all about security. Everyone has talent when they are representing the country. All they want is security and that assurance that we are there to back you, not just by words but by action,” said Gambhir.

However, he also said that only Team India rotates their wicketkeeper based on conditions and no other team. He again shared that it’s been unfair on Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha both as they been picked keeping the conditions in mind. Meanwhile, he also rubbished this theory.

“I have never believed in this theory of rotation policy that Wriddhiman Saha is only good for sub-continent and Rishabh Pant is better overseas because that’s not how good teams go into. If you are good in Indian conditions, you got to deliver in overseas conditions as well. Whether he does that or not is irrelevant,” Gautam Gambhir concluded.

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