ENG vs IND: Rishabh Pant's Batting Has Helped His Wicketkeeping: Wasim Jaffer

Updated - 13 Jul 2022, 07:51 PM

Rishabh-Pant-plucked-two-brilliant-catches-in-1st-ODI. PC- Twitter
Rishabh-Pant-plucked-two-brilliant-catches-in-1st-ODI. PC- Twitter

Wasim Jaffer opines that Rishabh Pant’s rich batting form of late has also helped him elevate his wicketkeeping levels. This comes after the former India opener was impressed by Pant’s glovework in the first ODI of the three-match series against England which was played at Oval in London.

Rishabh Pant’s brilliant wicketkeeping helped Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami rattle the England batting order, who were bundled out for just 110 runs with Pant taking some amazing catches as the ball moved and swerved after passing the stumps.

The wickets of Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, and Ben Stokes had a lot to do with Rishabh Pant’s brilliant glovework. The 24-year-old judged the bounce and trajectory of the ball to perfection and a couple of them were simply sensational one-handed efforts.

Watch: Ben Stokes Departs For A Golden Duck As Rishabh Pant Grabs One-Handed Catch
Watch: Ben Stokes Departs For A Golden Duck As Rishabh Pant Grabs One-Handed Catch

When A Wicketkeeper Does Good Wicketkeeping, That Reflects In His Batting: Wasim Jaffer On Rishabh Pant

Speaking to ESPNCricinfo after the first ODI, Wasim Jaffer explained how Rishabh Pant’s batting and wicketkeeping are related to each other.

Rishabh Pant (Image Credits: Twitter)
Rishabh Pant (Image Credits: Twitter)

He said: “(On whether Pant’s form with the bat is helping his wicketkeeping) Yes. And also when a wicketkeeper does good wicketkeeping, that reflects in his batting.”

Although India has had some memorable wins in white-ball cricket in these conditions, Wasim Jaffer believes that the Men in Blue’s thumping win at The Oval is arguably the most comprehensive one in one-dayers. He felt that the way Rohit Sharma and co dominated England in their own backyard with the ball, as well as the bat, was simply incredible.

Wasim Jaffer on Rishabh Pant
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He said: “(On whether this is the most impactful ODI win for India in SENA countries) Yes. For any team to beat their opponents by 10 wickets on their own ground and that too with so much ease, so yes, undoubtedly.”

India certainly have momentum on their side going into the second ODI to be played at Lord’s on Thursday.

Also Read: IND vs ENG: Michael Vaughan And Zaheer Khan Shower Praise On Jasprit Bumrah After Pacer’s 6-wicket Haul In 1st ODI


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