In the last year, Rishabh Pant has traversed the entire spectrum of carelessness to carefree and to India's agent of chaos. His performances in Australia and the subsequent series against England earned him a lot of plaudits - changing the entire perception about his batting. Yuvraj Singh is quite happy at the Delhite's evolution and stated that Pant has proven himself to be a match-winner.
"I am very glad, that you are saying he is very mature and he is a find for India because I felt he got a lot of criticism after the ways (in which) he got out. So, it is good to listen to some positive words for him. I totally agree with you. Rishabh has proven that he is a match-winner. In tough conditions like Australia, the way he batted and the way he got a brilliant hundred against England as well. He is probably a key (player) in the middle order," Yuvraj told TimesofIndia.com in an exclusive interview.
Pant's 97 runs off 118 balls helped India in the third Test in Sydney against Australia helped India secure a historic draw before he slammed an unbeaten 89 runs off 138 balls to a historic win in Brisbane. Yuvraj likened Pant's batting to Adam Gilchrist and calls him a potential India captain. "I see someone, Rishabh Pant, like Adam Gilchrist who can change the course of the game. Gilchrist changed the course of the game in Test cricket when he came onto the scene. And I feel Rishabh can do the same," Yuvraj said.
"I also see Rishabh as a potential Indian captain in the future. Because he is jumpy, chirpy, and talks around. But I feel he surely has a smart brain as well because I saw him when he was captaining in the IPL for Delhi Capitals. He did an incredible job. So, people should look at him as the next captain of the Indian team in the coming years," Yuvraj concluded.