‘No one likes to sit outside’: Ajinkya Rahane opens up on Rishabh Pant ahead of 1st Test against New Zealand
India Test vice captain Ajinkya Rahane is perhaps one of the very few in the current Indian side in New Zealand who can relate to what young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant must be going through. Pitted as India’s first-choice ‘keeper in all three formats even till last year, Pant has somehow lost his place in the Indian XI in all three formats. If it was KL Rahul’s multifaceted skills that pushed Pant down the pecking order in limited overs cricket, it was Wriddhiman Saha’s superior glovework that prompted the team management to keep Pant in the bench in Tests. Rahane too was dropped from the XI despite being India’s vice captain in the first Test in South Africa in 2018. But the Mumbai right-hander made strong comeback and once again cemented his place in the side. And now Rahane wants Pant to do the same but for starters he wants the left-hander to control the controllables.