Former England seamer Tymal Mills has heaped high praise on Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, stating that while he doesn’t like watching Test cricket, the sight of Pant playing in long-form cricket enthralls him to the hilt.
Rishabh Pant has established himself as one of the leading Test cricketers of the current era within a space of just three years since he made his debut in the longer format in the summer of 2018.
The only Indian stumper to score Test hundreds in England and Australia, Rishabh Pant took his game to the next level in the recent winter assignments against Australia and England.
Having been dropped from the first Test during the Australian series, Pant stormed back with disdain as he produced one game-changing knock after another.
While his whirlwind 97 on the final day of the Sydney Test helped India draw the match, his calm and collected 89* on the final day of the following Test helped the visitors breach the Gabba and script a historic series win Down Under.
Rishabh Pant wasn’t done yet. The 23-year-old smashed a couple of half-centuries on difficult tracks during the home series against England before smashing a series-clinching ton in Ahmedabad.
Speaking to Times Now, Tymal Mills termed Pant as pure ‘box office’
”I only play white-ball cricket, I don’t play four-day cricket due to injuries. In general, I don’t like watching traditional Test cricket but when Rishabh Pant comes to bat in a test match, I am watching. It’s exciting isn’t it, its box office, it makes you want to watch the TV. He played a couple of eye-catching innings which was good to see. I like entertaining cricket,”
Rishabh Pant will once again be the key to India’s fortunes in the upcoming ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand and the five-match Test series against England. The Indian team and its billion fans would be hoping for Pant to emulate his exploits of the last winter.