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Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting was all praise for 21-year-old wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who brought up his second Test hundred on day two of the fourth India vs Australia Test at the SCG on Friday. (ALSO READ: Cheteshwar Pujara’s marathon, Rishabh Pant’s landmark and other key stats from the SCG)

Ponting, who coached Pant in the IPL for the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) last year also went on to add that Pant will score a lot more centuries that India’s former captain and wicketkeeper batsman, MS Dhoni. (ALSO READ: Rishabh Pant first Indian wicketkeeper to score a Test century in Australia)

“He (Pant) is a real talent and an incredibly good ball striker,” Ponting told cricket.com.au at after day two. “He has got a really good game sense as well, although sometimes the way he plays spin you wouldn’t think he has; but I have been lucky enough to coach him in Delhi, and he is a terrific T20 player and a clean striker. (ALSO READ: Australia have committed way too many errors in batting: Ricky Ponting)

“And he is already onto his 2nd hundred and a couple of 90s to go with that so he is someone who can play a lot of cricket for india in all three formats, he is just 21 years of age,” said Ponting.

Pointing out that Pant will have to work on his wicket keeping skills, Ponting said that Pant will become a better keeper and with time a batter batsman as well.

“he is got a bit of work to do with his keeping, just yet; but he will keep working on that and  he will become a better keeper, and he will become a better batsman as well. we talk about Dhoni all the time and what impact he had on indian cricket. He played a lot of Tests, but has only 6 hundreds – this kid here will make lot more Tests hundreds than that,” proclaimed Ponting.

In 90 Tests, Dhoni scored six hundreds and made 33 half-centuries. In his ninth Test, Pant has two Test hundreds and two 50s to his name.

Ponting also compared Pant to Adam Gilchrist.

“And if he gets his keeping up to standards, we will be talking to him about him up in the commentary boxes, and the way he bats, he is just sort of another Adam Gilchrist,” added Ponting.