The entire cricket fraternity is in awe of the 23-year-old Rishabh Pant, who might have just played the shot of the year 2021 during his brilliant, series-defining knock of 101 off 118 balls against England on the second day of the final Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Of course! I am talking about the reverse-lap that Rishabh Pant hit off James Anderson- Yes! JAMES ANDERSON– the same bowler who will go down in history as one of the greatest fast bowlers to have ever played this game- over the slip cordon for a boundary.
Rishabh had made his intentions pretty clear to James Anderson as soon as he had come into the attack with the new cherry in his hand.
The very first ball that Anderson bowled, Rishabh Pant danced down the track and smashed the fast bowler down the ground for a boundary. He then backed it up with a swat past extra-cover for a boundary on the very next delivery.
Rishabh Pant reverse sweeps James Anderson.
— AK//check pinned tweet (@rantworld101) March 5, 2021
But the moment of the day or the Test match or maybe the moment of the year came in the next over of James Anderson when the 23-year-old got on one knee and nonchalantly reverse-paddled the veteran pacer over the slip cordon for a boundary.
Anderson eventually had his man in his next over but not before Rishabh Pant had given us yet another glimpse of his outrageous talent; one that would stay with all those who watched it live, forever.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Rishabh Pant reverse-lapping James Anderson:
Pant backs up Brisbane.
Pant is a PLAYER!
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) March 5, 2021
— Andrew Flintoff (@flintoff11) March 5, 2021
— simon hughes (@theanalyst) March 5, 2021
Shot Of 2021…..that reverse sweep vs James Anderson with the second new ball. Audacious. Adventurous. Rishabh Pant is an absolute freak. Love his play to bits. #IndvEng
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 5, 2021
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 5, 2021
Since 2014, Rishabh Pant is the first player to reverse sweep/pull James Anderson in Test cricket. #INDvENG
— ESPNcricinfo stats (@ESPNcric_stats) March 5, 2021
It genuinely provides a fascinating glimpse of why Rishabh is so revolutionary for Indian cricket that Gavaskar responded to him ramping Anderson for four by asking him to play responsibly, only for Pant to reach his century slog sweeping against the spin moments later. #INDvENG
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) March 5, 2021
— N (@flickofkohli) March 5, 2021
Rishabh Pant embarrassing Anderson. Disrespectful. Ridiculous. Unreal shot.
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) March 5, 2021
Rishabh Pant’s father bought him a $250 bat when he was eight. His mother wasn’t too happy at the hole it put in the family’s savings, as they shared one room in Roorkee. Fast forward 15 years and Rishabh is reversing Jimmy Anderson with the new ball. Money well spent. #INDvENG
— Sam Landsberger 🗯 (@SamLandsberger) March 5, 2021
Pant brings up the series-clinching 100 stand with a reverse-flip for four over the slips off Jimmy Anderson and the new ball. As you do.
— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) March 5, 2021