Team India will start 2023 with a three-match T20I and ODI series against Sri Lanka, which will begin on January 3. Without regular wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, who has not been named in both the squads. The T20I squad has Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan as wicketkeeping options. Meanwhile, KL Rahul and Kishan will be the substitutes in the ODI series.
Commenting on Pant, former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara feels that the Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper needs to ‘improve his wicketkeeping a lot’. The Lankan legend also urged that Pant can become even better by focusing on the ‘small moments’ of the game.
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“Pant needs to work on his keeping. I think Rishabh Pant, for one, can improve a lot on his wicketkeeping. A lot of people only focus on his batting, and it is the combination of the two that Boosts confidence”, said the 45-year-old former cricketer.
“I know it’s tough and boring, but he can become really good by focusing on the small moments and that will in turn help him in white-ball cricket, and then become the keeper he hopes to be.” does”, he added.
Sangakkara praised Pant’s batting ability but also felt that he needed to polish his innings in T20 cricket. “With his batting, I have no doubt he has all the shots, ability and talent, but it’s about understanding how you build an innings in T20 cricket, knowing which bowler to attack. And have to be a little smart”, he said. ,
The T20 series between India and Sri Lanka is scheduled to begin on January 3 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Meanwhile, the ODI series is scheduled to start from January 10 at the Barsapara Stadium in Guwahati.