Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra has lauded Rishabh Pant for being a special player as he touches new heights across formats with each passing day. Rishabh Pant crafted two counterattacking knocks in two consecutive ODIs against England that left lasting impressions on the cricketing fraternity. Aakash Chopra stated that despite taking undue risks, it comes off, which makes him a unique cricketer.
After making a 40-ball 77 in the first ODI against England in the second ODI, Rishabh Pant played yet another impactful knock in the series decider. The left-handed batsman did not go into his shell as India lost four quick wickets after a 103-run opening stand. Instead, Pant played his natural game and helped the hosts add 99 runs with Hardik Pandya to bring India back in the encounter. He struck 78 off 62 balls, consisting of five fours and four sixes.
Aakash Chopra stated that Rishabh Pant plays in this fashion and continue to do so. The 43-year old believes that even though Pant takes undue risks; however, sticking to that as it produces consistent results makes him a special player. Aakash underlined that people used to think the same about greats like AB De Villiers and Adam Gilchrist and like Rishabh Pant, they had a knack of sending the ball into the stands whenever they took the high-risk approach.
“He plays in this fashion and will continue doing so. We all feel that he takes a bit too much risk but that is his strength and style of play and if you stick to that and despite that if you are consistent, it means you are a special player. We say the same thing about AB de Villiers and used to say about Adam Gilchrist. We are saying the same thing about Rishabh Pant. It seems like he is taking a little chance by playing shots in the air but whenever he hits the ball in the air, the ball lands in the stands,” Aakash Chopra told Star Sports
Rishabh Pant was coming at No.5 but was sent at No.4 today: Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra further observed that India promoted him in the batting order in the third ODI against England to maintain the left-right combination. The cricketer-turned-commentator pointed out that India were in a tricky situation when Pant walked out to bat since four wickets had fallen in a heap.
“India promoted him in the batting order. He was coming at No.5 but was sent at No.4 today so that the left-right combination could be maintained. Wickets had fallen one after the other, three of them had fallen together and you found yourself in a precarious situation from where you had to survive and get out,” he added.