Among all-time wicketkeeper batsmen, Adam Gilchrist, MS Dhoni, and Kumar Sangakkara are perhaps the three best. Their accomplishments and awards are a powerful testament to their brilliance. Gilchrist revolutionized contemporary ODI batting with his somewhat aggressive style, but Dhoni and Sangakkara took it a step further to become legendary batsmen and effective leaders. There are several talented wicketkeeper batsmen in the current age, like Mohammad Rizwan, Rishabh Pant, Jos Buttler, Quinton de Kock, and others, but just one comes close to resembling the famous Gilchrist.

Because of his batting approach, Rishabh Pant, an Indian wicketkeeper-batsman, is often likened to Australia icon Adam Gilchrist. Pant has played some of the most breath-taking knocks by an Indian goalie in his brief tenure so far. Only he has played as a goalkeeper in Tests in England, Australia, and South Africa. Pant has established a reputation for being a game-changer in international cricket, much like Gilchrist, who is credited with reinventing the position of a keeper-batter in cricket.

But what does Pant think of the Australian legend? The India left-hander, according to Gilchrist, is one of the game’s most thrilling players right now. Gilchrist praised Pant as “one of the most entertaining cricketers to watch,” adding that Pant “simply lights up a stage and produces an electrifying atmosphere when he is playing.”

Despite all the skill Pant brings to the table, when he tries to play an offensive stroke, he is often criticized and at times even called “reckless” or “careless.” Gilchrist touched on the same subject when he asked the BCCI and the Indian team management to support Pant and be patient with him, particularly if he doesn’t perform well.

“All that the BCCI, management, and selectors need to do is be patient with him. Because you don’t want to stifle the natural flair, they shouldn’t be too hard on him if he doesn’t score after a few innings “Added he.

The former Australian keeper-batter shared his opinions on the Indian players’ lack of participation in international competitions.

Gilchrist’s statement followed a day in which he questioned the Indian Premier League (IPL) teams’ increasing influence in international cricket.