Former India captain and current Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President, Sourav Ganguly heaps rich praises for Rishabh Pant after the youngster bailed his team out of a precarious situation en route striking his third Test hundred in the ongoing Test match against England in Ahmedabad.
In reply to England’s first innings total of 205, the hosts found themselves reeling at 80/4 when Rishabh Pant walked in. Pant, judging the situation, played cautiously to bring up his half-century in 82 balls.
On the other end, he lost Rohit Sharma and R Ashwin. Pant was joined by Washington Sundar and both the left-hander’s remarkably put on a 113-run stand to give the side a significant lead. After his fifty, Pant unleashed himself on all the English bowlers bringing up the three-figure landmark in 115 balls with a slog over mid-wicket off the bowling of Joe Root.
Not the first time and won’t be the last time: Sourav Ganguly
An astonished Sourav Ganguly took to Twitter to lavish praise on the 23-year-old for his marvellous batting display in Ahmedabad.
Ganguly hailed Pant to become one of the greats of the game in all the three formats in the coming years – his brilliant show with the bat in the last couple of Test series has forced the selectors to call him back for the upcoming T20 series against England after being dropped from the limited-overs side last year.
The 48-year-old BCCI President tells Pant to continue batting with the same aggressive approach which has made him a match-winner for India in recent times.
“How good is he? Unbelievable..what a knock under pressure…not the first time and won’t be the last time..will be an all time great in all formats in the years to come.keep batting in this aggressive manner .thats why will be match winner and special,” tweeted Sourav Ganguly.
By stumps on Day 2, Sundar also has brought up his half-century – his third in 4 Tests. India lead by 89 runs with Sundar and Axar Patel at the crease.
How good is he? Unbelievable..what a knock under pressure…not the first time and won't be the last time..will be an all time great in all formats in the years to come.keep batting in this aggressive manner .thats why will be match winner and special..@bcci @RishabhPant17 pic.twitter.com/1cRmnSw5ZB
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) March 5, 2021