“Oh my word! Rishabh Pant, how do you do that?” These are the exact words on every cricket fans’ mouth after the 23-year-old swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman reverse-lapped James Anderson over the slip cordon for a boundary during his brilliant, series-defining knock of 101 off 118 balls on the second day of the 4th Test against England.
Yes! You read that right! Not Dom Bess, not Joe Root, not Jack Leach but Rishabh Pant- the pocket-sized dynamo- choose to hit what is easily the shot of the year 2021 against a bowler who has taken in excess of 600 Test wickets.
Rishabh Pant was in demolition mode once he notched up a patient half-century off 82 balls on the second evening of the 4th Test.
As soon as he got past his 50, Pant unleashed his moniker and took the English bowling attack, whether it was spinners or fast bowlers, to the cleaners.
And, James Anderson wasn’t spared either. Anderson was brought into the attack by Joe Root after England took the second new ball
And, Pant made his intentions pretty clear when he advanced down the track and smashed James Anderson down the ground for a boundary. And, if that wasn’t enough, he swatted the champion fast bowler for another boundary over the cover region.
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
But, truly, the most outrageous moment of his innings came in the very next over when he reverse-lapped James Anderson (Yes! James Anderson) over the slip-cordon for yet another boundary.
Pant brought up his maiden Test ton on home soil and third overall of his career with a slog-sweep off Jack Leach, one that went for a six.
He was eventually dismissed by James Anderson but not before he had given everyone possibly the moment of the year with that outrageous reverse-lap.