Former Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has backed Rishabh Pant to keep progressing as a player after his recent exploits in international cricket. Rishabh Pant would have to play a significant role in the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand if India are to lift the trophy. Sachin Tendulkar feels that the youngster does not need to be anyone else but stick to his natural game.
Rishabh Pant has been in sensational form in the last few months in Test cricket. After playing an instrumental role in the historic series win in Australia, the 23-year old also had an unforgettable home series against England. The southpaw has a formidable record in red-ball cricket, having smashed 1358 runs in 20 Tests at 45.27 with three centuries and six fifties.
Sachin Tendulkar does not believe in comparison and feels all players have their identity. The 48-year old underlined that Rishabh Pant would want to produce his own identity and not want to be known as the second Adam Gilchrist. Thus, Tendulkar wants Pant to do what he could individually instead of in comparison with someone else.
“I don’t like comparing players. Each player has his own identity. Rishabh Pant would want to be known as Rishabh Pant and not no 2 Adam Gilchrist. Every individual likes his own identity, that is what Rishabh would like too. I would judge him for what he’s able to do as an individual not in comparison of someone (else). The impact that he had last time was tremendous. He will get better and better with time,” Tendulkar said as quoted by News18.com.
He can’t be compared to someone like Pujara: Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar stated that Rishabh Pant can’t be compared to Cheteshwar Pujara, who is an entirely different type of player. Nevertheless, the 200-Test veteran asserted that both are crucial to the team’s chances.
“He is fearless and confident. With time he is going to get only better. He is not going to be what he used to be. He likes to play big shots. He can’t be compared to someone like Pujara because Pujara’s dismissal shots are different. His way of scoring is different. Both are equally important,” he added.