"Rishabh Pant has to 100% play ahead of Wriddhiman Saha" - Aakash Chopra

 Aakash Chopra has opined that Team India should play Rishabh Pant ahead of Wriddhiman Saha as their wicket-keeper in the Test series against England.

Rishabh Pant is almost a surety in the Indian starting XI after his exploits with the bat in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. But there have been a few suggestions stating that the southpaw could play as a specialist batsman, with Wriddhiman Saha donning the wicket-keeping gloves.

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra was asked by a fan if Rishabh Pant should be India's first-choice wicket-keeper for the four-match Test series against England .

The renowned commentator responded by stating that there can be no excuse for not playing Rishabh Pant now. He added that the youngster needs to ply his trade behind the stumps as well.

"I feel Pant will play first because if you don't play him now, how will you show your face and what reason you will give to him for not playing him. It is true that his keeping is not as good as Saha but he is not a goalkeeper, he is a keeper and takes good catches. He does drop catches, but who doesn't drop catches. Paine and Saha also dropped catches," said Chopra

Aakash Chopra reasoned that Rishabh Pant can only improve his glovework if allowed to do so.