With a century and a half-century in India’s Covid-delayed fifth Test against England at Edgbaston, Rishabh Pant demonstrated why he is a remarkable talent in Test cricket. Pant hit 146 off 111 balls in India’s first innings after India lost their top order and then added 57 in their second innings.
Pant sped to his century after reaching 50 in India’s first innings, and his performance featured many of the creative strokes that have become his speciality. India’s head coach, Rahul Dravid, stated that the wicketkeeper-batter displayed maturity as well as innovation throughout the innings.
We Have Come To Terms With Rishabh Pant’s Style Of Play: Rahul Dravid
According to the former India captain, the team has come to terms with Rishabh Pant’s aggressive style of play.
“Pant’s century in Cape Town was also quite brilliant, “He is doing really well in Test cricket. He keeps increasing everyone’s heart rates time and again with some of his shots but we are now used to that,” Dravid joked.
“We accept that he may play some shots at times that we think he maybe shouldn’t play. I think we need to accept that a little because the way he plays, he can turn a Test around and he did that in this match and in South Africa. We can also see that he is thoughtful and does not take a wild swing at every ball. He waits for the ball and plays on his strengths. He backs himself when he sees the right bowler and that has been our message to him,” he said.
As much as the team might have enjoyed Pant’s knocks in South Africa and England, they sure would be ruing the fact that they lost both the games. In both the games Pant did not get much assistance from other batters and the bowlers could not bowl out the opposition in the last innings.