Rishabh Pant “another” Adam Gilchrist: Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting feels Rishabh Pant is "another" Adam Gilchrist.

Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting praised young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, to an extent that he called him “another” Adam Gilchrist after the 20-year-old’s blistering knock of 159 in the fourth Test. (ALSO READ: Pant will score more 100s than Dhoni)

“He is a real talent and an incredibly good ball-striker. He has got a really good game sense as well. I have been lucky enough to coach him at Delhi (Capitals),” said Ponting, who had worked with the Indian during his stint with Delhi franchise at the Indian Premier League.

“He has got to do a bit of work on his keeping and he will also become a better batsman. We talk about him in the commentary box and he is sort of like another Adam Gilchrist,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.

Gilchrist, the former Australia wicket-keeper batsman, played 96 Tests, scoring 5570 runs at an average of 47.6. He also represented his country in 287 ODIs, amassing 9619 runs at 35.89. On Friday, Pant became the only Indian wicketkeeper to score a century on Australia soil en route to his second Test ton and shared a 204-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja, as the visitors declared at 622 runs for seven.

The 21-year-old also surpassed MS Dhoni’s 13-year-old record of highest individual Test score by an Indian wicketkeeper. The former India skipper had scored 148 runs against Pakistan in 2006 and Ponting believes Pant will score more Test centuries than the former India captain.

“We talk about MS Dhoni all the time and his impact on Indian cricket. He played a lot of Tests for India but made only six Test hundreds. This kid (Rishabh Pant) will make a lot more Test hundreds than that,” Ponting said.  “He has already scored his second Test ton and a couple of 90s to go with it. Look he is someone who could play a lot of Test cricket for India across formats. Pant is only 21 and is already into his ninth Test.”

Gilchrist also praised Pant for pacing his innings well. “He played a beautiful innings today (Friday),” Gilchrist told foxsports.com.au. “We probably all expected him to bat aggressively from ball one but he showed he can build an inning and then by the end of it allowed himself to play with all the freedom that we know he’s got.

“It was entertaining. He’s a cricketer that I would happily pay to watch.”

The former Australia wicketkeeper batsman also believes Pant has the talent to become a successful Test cricketer.

“He’s a cricketer that is at the start of his journey, so he’ll learn these particular parts of the game and he’ll learn that there’s always more time than what you think, but he’s got a great foundation to be a successful Test cricketer,” he said.

Though he did well with the bat, Pant’s keeping wasn’t always up to the mark as he dropped Usman Khawaja off Mohammed Shami late on the second day. However, Gilchrist feels Pant will become a reliable keeper as he learns from his mistakes.

“Although he’s missed a few opportunities with the gloves, he’s certainly held onto more than he’s spilt. If he’s prepared to work on his game, I’m sure he’ll develop and become a really reliable keeper,” he said.