Not even the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly could hold back from lauding keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who has put up some compelling performances in recent times. Rishabh Pant played crucial roles in India’s recent Test series victory in Australia and winning the same at home against England. Sourav Ganguly termed Rishabh Pant as a genuine match-winner and praised his innings in Ahmedabad.
The Ahmedabad Test against England saw Rishabh Pant rescue India from a perilous position as they were 153-6 in response to England’s 205. The left-handed batsman struck a hundred and shared a century stand with Washington Sundar to put India in the driver’s position. From thereon, Virat Kohli’s men secured an innings victory and won the four-match rubber by 3-1.
Rishabh Pant’s glovework also improved drastically as he kept expertly in the spinning tracks against Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel. The 23-year old’s improved showing behind the stumps witnessed him not spilling catches and missing stumping chances. With all these performances, Pant cemented his position as India’s first-choice keeper in Tests.
I have seen Rishabh Pant very closely and I believe in match-winners: Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly claimed that he believes in match-winners and he believes that Rishabh Pant could win any game single-handedly for his side. The former Indian captain stated that if he stayed for five to six overs, India could have won the Sydney Test and said that Pant is like Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, and MS Dhoni. Ganguly also lavished praises on Pant’s counter-attack against England and James Anderson in the final Test was outstanding.
“I have seen Pant very closely and I believe in match-winners. When they get going on their day, they single-handedly can win matches. Rishabh Pant is such a player. I have also said this in the past, had he stayed at the crease for 5 or 6 overs, India could have won the Sydney Test. He is a game-changer. I like match-winners. In my time, we had Sehwag, Yuvraj, Dhoni. Look at the way he played against England. India were 146 for 6 (4th Test in Ahmedabad). The match could have gone anyway. He turned it around with his knock. Look at his game sense. The second new ball came in. His counterattack against Anderson was brilliant,” Ganguly told India Today.