IPL 2022: Rishabh Pant, Gilchrist are ‘little’ bit the same, says Ricky Ponting
Ponting, the head coach of Delhi Capitals, has watched Pant from close quarters during the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“Yeah, [they are] little bit the same. I know Rishabh’s really burst onto the scene, but let’s just let him play his 50-60 Test matches first before we start making comparisons to one of the all-time great wicket-keeper batters,” Ponting said on The ICC Review.
The former Australia captain also pointed out the differences in Pant’s and Gilchrist’s off-field behaviour.
“But if you think about their personalities – Rishabh is a lot more outward, a lot louder, a lot noisier and ultra-competitive,” said Ponting.
“Gilly was ultra-competitive as well, but a lot quieter and reserved, until he got his bat in his hand and then he became exactly the same as Rishabh,” he added.
Pant captained the Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2021, and Ponting pointed out how both wicket-keepers have a similar batting approach.
“Rishabh will be exactly the same. If you look at Rishabh – I am not sure how many Test hundreds he’s got – but he has a few 90s in there. And he’s actually got out trying to bring up his hundred with a six. That’s the good and the bad, right?” said Ponting while recalling how Gilchrist played risky shots during crunch situations.