Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has earned plaudits for his flamboyant batting in the shorter formats, but India A coach Rahul Dravid believes he has the "temperament and skills to bat differently" in the longer formats too.
Pant earned his maiden call-up to the Indian Test side riding on impressive knocks for India A during the recently concluded tour of the UK, where he hit crucial half-centuries in four-day games against West Indies A and England Lions.
"Rishabh has shown that he could bat differently. He has the temperament and skills to bat differently," Dravid told bcci.tv.
The former India captain was also Pant's coach during his India Under-19 days, and knows his ward's game inside out. While Pant can score runs at a brisk pace in the longer format, what has impressed Dravid is his ability to read match situations.
"He is always going to be an attacking player, but reading of the situation when one is playing red-ball cricket is required. We are glad that he has been picked in the national team and I hope he takes this maturity and builds thereon," Dravid said.
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