Former India captain, Sunil Gavaskar opines that if Rishabh Pant adds a bit of maturity into his game and thought process, he would become more consistent.
Gavaskar, like everyone, was on the edge of his seas while the left-hander was batting on Day 3 in the ongoing Test against England in Chennai. In reply to England’s massive first innings total of 578, the hosts lost 4 wickets for the score of 73.
While Cheteshwar Pujara continued batting and tiring out the English bowlers in his ever-calm approach, Rishabh Pant launched a counter-attack in his aggressive style. Pant harrumphed left-arm off-spinner, Jack Leach for 5 sixes en route bringing up his fifty.
Pant has always been an exhilarating player: Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar says that Pant is always exciting to watch but leaves his fans frustrated when he gets out – because everyone always wants to see more of the dynamic southpaw.
“He (Pant) has always been an exhilarating player. He can be annoying in the sense we all want to see him carry on and bat because he gives so much enjoyment with the way he plays,” Sunil Gavaskar told Star Sports.
However, the 23-year-old, who was India’s leading run-scorer in the Australia Test series, got out trying to smash right-arm off-spinner, Dom Bess for the score of 91. With Bess, bowling from round the wicket, turning the ball away from Pant, it was a more risk shot than those he played against Leach.
Gavaskar reckons that while Pant did very well to unsettle Jack Leach, but he should understand the ‘little line between being carefree and careless’ which would make the youngster more consistent.
“What happens with Rishabh Pant is there is always that very thin line between being carefree and careless. Once he realizes what is that little line between being carefree and careless, he will be a lot more consistent.
“It was fantastic to watch him take on Jack Leach because he didn’t want to settle down. It’s a partnership, he recognizes he can be dangerous to the right-hander. He is trying to throw him off by affecting his confidence,” the former opener added.