It’s been a massive turnaround for Rishabh Pant who’s hit a purple patch in the last few months. After a successful tour to Australia, Pant became India’s man of crisis in the home series against England as well. Fittingly, he has drawn praises from all corner of the world. The latest to compliment Pant is the Pakistan veteran, Inzamam ul Haq who has compared the southpaw to the swashbuckling Indian opener Virender Sehwag. Haq on his YouTube channel said that pressure does not seem to affect Rishabh Pant’s game.
“Rishabh Pant, absolutely brilliant. After a long time, I have seen a player on whom pressure seems to have no effect. Even if six wickets are down at 146, the way he starts his innings, no one does. He plays his strokes, irrespective of the pitch or how many runs the other team has scored. He is equally good against spinners and fast bowlers. I thoroughly enjoy watching him. It’s like watching Sehwag bat left-handed.”
He further added that just like Sehwag, who didn’t bothered about the pitch or the bowling attack, and just wanted to smack the bowlers, Pant too is not concerned about the external factors.
“I have played with Sehwag and he too didn’t bother about other factors. When he used to bat, it didn’t matter to him how the pitch behaved or what kind of bowling attack the opponent had. He just had to play his strokes, even if the fielders were on the boundary. After Sehwag, I have seen such a player, for whom nothing else matters.”
Pant has been in red hot form of late. In the fourth Test against England, he bailed India out of trouble and played an eye-popping knock of 101 off 118 balls. Inzamam also hailed Rishabh Pant for his tremendous amount of self confidence.
“Ever since I’ve noted, it’s not that he’s only doing it in India, he did it in Australia too. He didn’t get to score centuries because he plays at his own pace. After a long time, I have seen such a player.
“India had Sachin, Dravid now they have Virat and Rohit. But the way he plays, it’s amazing. The kind of self-confidence he has is surprising. I haven’t come across a player like him in cricket,” he went on to add.