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At the start of a home season, Pant and Kuldeep are finally looking at a decent run in the Test side

The 2018-19 India tour of Australia seemed like the start of the era of Rishabh Pant and Kuldeep Yadav. Pant ended the series with a century, becoming the only Indian wicketkeeper to have one in both England and Australia, and Yadav’s five-for led the coach to remark he was India’s No. 1 spinner in overseas Tests. Pant has spent more time on the outside than in since then, and that Sydney Test remains Yadav’s last.

Two years on, at the start of a home season, both are finally looking at a decent run in India’s Test side. Pant has literally forced his way in with two final-day epics in Sydney and Brisbane to play a significant part in India coming back to win the series. He did so after missing the whole limited-overs leg of the tour and the first Test too.

India’s captain Virat Kohli has now assured him a long run to be able to work on his wicketkeeping against spin too, which saw him lose out to Wriddhiman Saha in home Tests. “Yes, Rishabh will start. Rishabh will take the gloves,” Kohli said, confirming Pant’s first home Test since October 2018. “He has had impact performances in Australia recently. He is in a good space. And we want him to build on this. Along with him improving all aspects of his game. Which will happen with more game time, and the more confidence he gains playing the games.

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