India keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has earned praises from his fellow countryman and former opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar following another splendid knock. After a whirlwind knock of 77 in the second ODI, Rishabh Pant notched up yet another fifty in the third to set England a stiff total of 330. Sunil Gavaskar pointed out that Pant is playing smart and intelligent cricket without taking unnecessary risks.
After shining in Tests and T20s, Rishabh Pant has begun making an impact in ODIs too. The southpaw shifted the momentum towards India in the second ODI to lift them to 336. The series-decider saw Pant walking in when India lost three quick wickets and needed a partnership. Pant top-scored with 78 off 62 deliveries with five fours and four sixes, adding 99 runs with Hardik Pandya to leave England chasing 330.
Sunil Gavaskar revealed feeling impressed with Rishabh Pant as he has carried his good form displayed over the last few months. The 71-year old identified that the southpaw has not slogged every ball and waiting for the right ones that are within his range to pounce on it.
“Very, very impressed. He is carrying on the good form he has been in the past three-four months. Most of all, he is playing smart and intelligent cricket. He is not trying to slog every ball. He is waiting for the right ball to come when the ball is tossed up and within his range, that’s when he is playing the big shot,” Gavaskar told Star Sports.
He is now playing according to the need of the situation: Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar further said that Rishabh Pant hits the ball between the fielders when not hitting boundaries, which he believes is the most impressive thing about his batting. Gavaskar concluded that the 23-year old now plays according to the situation and where the fielders are.
“When he is not looking to hit the ball into the stands, he is hitting it between the fielders. That has been the most impressive thing about his batting. He is now playing according to the need of the situation, and according to where the fielders are,” he added.