Rishabh Pant, on Sunday, once again proved just why he is one of the most fearless batsmen going around in world cricket.
India were up against it after they had lost their experienced duo of skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane within a space of three overs in the afternoon session on the third day when Pant joined the immovable rock Cheteshwar Pujara in the middle.
With the score reading 4/73 and a mountain to climb, one would have expected a batsman to respect the bowlers and get himself stuck in.
But Rishabh Pant, it seemed like he was still batting at the Gabba. With a considerable amount of rough outside the off-stump for left-arm orthodox Jack Leach to exploit, Pant decided to go on the offensive.
Captain Joe Root had put fielders on the long-off and long-on boundary but, as has always been the case, it didn’t matter to Rishabh Pant.
The 23-year-old swashbuckler proceeded to launch a stunning calculated counter-attack against the left-arm orthodox Leach by regularly dancing down the track and launching him in the long-on stands.
His first eight balls against Jack Leach read- 6,6,1,6,1,1,6,1- that’s 28 runs off just eight balls.
Pant smashed two more boundaries off Leach to bring up his third half-century in his last four innings in just 40 balls.
At the time of writing, Pant had raced to 68 off 58 balls and his partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara, who also notched up a brilliant half-century, had moved to 99 off just 119 deliveries.