The young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is in the form of his life in the purest format of the game. In the recent past, Pant delivered blistering performances in almost every Test match to become an indispensable part of India's setup in the longest format of the game. The 23-year-old was the highest run-getter for India during the four-match Test series against Australia despite playing only three Test matches.
It was followed by the young rookie continuing his fine form during the four-match home Test series against England. Pant continued his assault with the willow and ended up as the third highest run-scorer after England’s Joe Root and India's Rohit Sharma. In addition, Rishabh has grown by leaps and bounds as a wicketkeeper.
India’s next Test assignment will be against New Zealand as the two nations will lock horns against each other in the final of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship from June 18 to June 22 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. After the WTC final, the Asian nation will face England for a five-match Test series, scheduled to start from August 4.
Ahead of the marquee clash between India and New Zealand, New Zealand bowling coach Shane Jurgensen revealed that the biggest threat for the Black Caps is Rishabh Pant. Shane advised the Kiwi bowlers to keep their calm while bowling against Pant as he is a tough one to stop.
"Well, Pant is an extremely dangerous player who can change the game on its head. We saw how well he did it against Australia and England. He's extremely positive-minded, but with that comes potentially the opportunity to take his wicket," Jurgensen told The Telegraph.
"Our bowlers need to execute well, stay calm and make it as difficult as possible for Pant to score runs. He's certainly a free-flowing batsman and a tough one to stop, which we should keep in mind," he added.