India Vs South Africa 2019/20: Brad Hogg Chooses Between Rishabh Pant And Wriddhiman Saha For The First Test
After levelling the three-match T20I series by 1-1, the hosts India and the visitors South Africa are ready to start the three-match Test series soon. The first Test of this series will begin soon on 2nd October. Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA–VDCA Cricket Stadium (Vishakhapatnam) will host the first Test.
Ahead of the Test series, both teams have the headache to set their playing XIs. The no.1-ranked Test team India has a few major issues in the playing XI. Apart from settling the opening partners for Test cricket, the Indian team management also has to take the important decision on wicketkeeping.
The 21-year-old Rishabh Pant has recently earned consistent chances in every international cricket format. His wicketkeeping skills are good enough but he has recently disappointed with his batting performances. Though he made some good starts, he failed to convert those into the big scores due to the poor shot selections. Sometimes his weak shot selections put his team into the big trouble.
Many feel that Wriddhiman Saha should play in the upcoming Test series as a wicketkeeper-batsman. Saha was the regular Test wicketkeeper for India till January 2018 but some injuries forced him to miss long Test cricket. Before that injury, Saha performed well as a middle-order batsman and also as a wicketkeeper. After a long time, Saha has returned to the national team but hasn’t played a game yet.
Wriddhiman Saha has to play the 1st Test – Brad Hogg
Recently, Brad Hogg has claimed that Saha should replace Pant for the upcoming Vishakhapatnam Test. Though Hogg praised Pant’s explosive batting skills, the lack of consistency of Pant has forced Hogg to choose Saha. However, Hogg also believes that Pant will return soon.
Hogg wrote on his official Twitter account, “Saha has to play the 1st Test. Yes Pant is explosive with the bat, yes you want him to play his natural game but not at the cost of consistency. He’s young, back to 1st class ranks, working on his erratic decision making. He’ll be back. #IndvSA #starsports #teamindia”
Saha has to play the 1st test. Yes Pant is explosive with the bat, yes you want him to play his natural game but not at the cost of consistency. He's young, back to 1st class ranks, working on his erratic decision making. He'll be back. #IndvSA#starsports#teamindia
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) September 27, 2019
Pune and Ranchi will host the second (10-14 October 2019) and third match (19-23 October 2019) of this series.