Rishabh Pant once again displayed just why he is one of the most exciting young batsman going around in the modern era during his breathtaking 88-ball 91 in Chennai.
Coming into bat with India reeling at 4/73 in response to England’s 578, Rishabh Pant launched a stunning calculative counter-attack against England bowlers, more specifically Jack Leach, as he regularly took the left-arm orthodox downtown.
Pant, along with Cheteshwar Pujara stitched 119 runs for the 5th wicket in no time whatsoever, helping India thwarting England’s momentum to an extent.
Writing for the Daily Mail, Hussain reckoned that Pant is a series-changing talent, someone who can take the series away from England if he continues to bat in his no-fear style.
Hussain further added that it was Rishabh Pant’s approach that helped India script a historic win in Brisbane last month.
”Rishabh Pant is an incredible, game-changing talent. Arguably a series-changing talent. 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,” Hussain wrote in his column for Daily Mail.
“Pant does not think about getting out, he just sees the attacking option and knows what he can achieve. If he was a cricketer that worried about what things look like when you get out cheaply, he would not be engineering the kind of result that shocked Australia and thrilled the world at the Gabba,” he added.
Hussain went on to compare Rishabh Pant’s attitude with that of England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes.
“His attitude is like that of Ben Stokes. What is the difference, when you have scored 91, if you are caught at short leg or the midwicket boundary?” Hussain added.
The former England captain also explained Rishabh Pant’s approach as he cautioned everyone to not think of the batsman as a mindless slogger.
“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,” he added.