Former India batsman, Aakash Chopra had no second doubts likening young Rishabh Pant to the likes of AB de Villiers and Adam Gilchrist in terms of their audacious batting approach. Aakash Chopra says that while Pant’s adventurous style is fraught with risk, but that is his natural way of playing, and has achieved recent success with the same fearless approach.
By the age of just 23, Rishabh Pant has helped India win two-Test series in Australia – a significant role in the second – and has cemented his place in the side across formats in a space of three months after being dropped from all three. Aakash Chopra marvels over the left-hander’s consistency of executing his airborne shots, which land more often than not in the stands.
“He plays in this fashion and will continue doing so. We all feel that he takes a bit too much risk but that is his strength and style of play and if you stick to that and despite that if you are consistent, it means you are a special player,” Aakash Chopra said while speaking with Star Sports.
“We say the same thing about AB de Villiers and used to say about Adam Gilchrist. We are saying the same thing about Rishabh Pant. It seems like he is taking a little chance by playing shots in the air but whenever he hits the ball in the air, the ball lands in the stands,” he added.
We keep waiting for a century but he is batting extremely well: Aakash Chopra
While Pant is already a legend in Test cricket, his number in limited-overs for India flattered to deceive, until the home matches against England. After his cameos in the T20Is, he played consecutive swashbuckling kn0cks in the ODIs, helping India post respectable totals.
Aakash Chopra opines that while the Uttarakhand-born doesn’t have an ODI century, he is batting extremely well currently. Pant was promoted to number 4, over KL Rahul, in the 3rd ODI, and smashed 78 off 62 balls to bail the side out after top-order wickets.
“India promoted him in the batting order. He was coming at No.5 but was sent at No.4 today (on Sunday) so that the left-right combination could be maintained. Wickets had fallen one after the other, three of them had fallen together and you found yourself in a precarious situation from where you had to survive and get out.
“He got out to a good ball, it was very full and he was probably not ready for that, Jos Buttler took a very good catch. But the destructive way he was batting, I was expecting a century, and India would have reached 370 in that case. Unfortunately, he got out. We keep waiting for a century but he is batting extremely well,” the 43-year-old cricketer-turned-commentator said.