Rishabh Pant has been in fine form of late. The Indian wicketkeeper batsmen has played three match defining knocks in his last three Tests. He played a match saving knock of 97 in the Sydney Test against Australia and the backed it up with a match winning 89* in Brisbane, talking India to a famous victory. Currently he’s the part of the Indian XI against England and smashed a magnificent 91 in the first innings. Former England captain Nasser Hussain praised Rishabh Pant for his batting and highlighted the difference between him and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
“Mahendra Singh Dhoni, one of his predecessors as India’s wicket-keeper, was a very smart cricketer and that is what he would have done,” he wrote for Daily Mail.
“Dhoni was a different style of cricketer in that he played the situation, whereas Pant plays a lot more by the seat of his pants — if you excuse the expression. Dhoni went ballistic as a last resort. For Pant, it is the first course of action.”
Hussain further went on to say that Rishabh Pant is a game changing talent and one should not confuse him with a slogger.
“Rishabh Pant is an incredible, game-changing talent. Arguably a series-changing talent,” Hussain wrote.
“If he hadn’t batted in his no-fear style, if he lacked any self-belief, then India would not have won that match in Brisbane last month that completed their greatest ever series victory.”
“Yesterday, it made for much more exciting viewing to have Pant playing that kind of innings. But don’t confuse him for somebody who simply has a slog. Until his dismissal, he had left deliveries from Dom Bess outside the off stump expertly and very rarely used his feet against him.”