Former Pakistan captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq likens Rishabh Pant’s batting style to that of former India opener Virender Sehwag, but left-handed. Inzamam opines that both the dynamic batsmen didn’t bother about the conditions, the bowlers, or the situation – but only played with their fearless attitude.
In the last couple of series, against Australia away and England at home, Rishabh Pant has been phenomenal with the bat, and there have been marked improvements in his wicket-keeping as well. The left-hander averages 60.44 with the help of a hundred and 4 fifties at a strike rate of 76.29.
Inzamam-ul-Haq also speaks highly of Pant’s temperament, despite his fearless approach, in bailing the team out from difficult situations.
“Rishabh Pant, absolutely brilliant. After a long time, I have seen a player on whom pressure seems to have no effect. Even if six wickets are down at 146, the way he starts his innings, no one does. He plays his strokes, irrespective of the pitch or how many runs the other team has scored. He is equally good against spinners and fast bowlers. I thoroughly enjoy watching him. It’s like watching Sehwag bat left-handed,” Inzamam-ul-Haq said on his YouTube channel.
“I have played with Sehwag and he too didn’t bother about other factors. When he used to bat, it didn’t matter to him how the pitch behaved or what kind of bowling attack the opponent had. He just had to play his strokes, even if the fielders were on the boundary. After Sehwag, I have seen such a player, for whom nothing else matters,” he added.
I haven’t come across a player like him: Inzamam-ul-Haq
Inzamam-ul-Haq says that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma may have replaced the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, but Pant has been one of a kind. At 23, the southpaw has already helped India on two trips to Australia and beat England at home. Add to it his centuries in Australia and England – the only Indian keeper to do so – he is destined for greater things and immense success.
“Ever since I’ve noted, it’s not that he’s only doing it in India, he did it in Australia too. He didn’t get to score centuries because he plays at his own pace. After a long time, I have seen such a player. India had Sachin, Dravid now they have Virat and Rohit. But the way he plays, it’s amazing. The kind of self-confidence he has is surprising. I haven’t come across a player like him in cricket,” the 51-year-old former skipper added.