Rashid Latif, a former Pakistan captain who praised Rishabh Pant’s “outstanding” batting against pace bowlers, had a cheeky reaction to the youngster’s innings.
Pant’s outstanding performance of an unbroken 125 against England has won the admiration of the entire cricket community.
In the Test format, Pant has already proven himself to be one of India’s fearless batsmen. However, he fell short in limited-overs cricket, which earned a lot of flak. Pant only made eight half-centuries for India in 26 ODIs and 50 T20Is before the match in Manchester.
However, the 24-year-old made his white-ball start on Sunday with a spectacular first century on the way to a knock of 125*, which was peppered with 16 boundaries and two sixes.
‘He is the Brian Lara of wicketkeepers’: Rashid Latif
Speaking on the “Caught Behind” YouTube channel, Latif praised Pant for batting against the English fast bowlers and mentioned some of his past international runs before making a playful remark about his unbroken 125.
“Uska toh chala toh chaand tak, nahin toh shaam tak. We are all aware of that about him. Despite surviving that terrifying shock Jos Buttler also fits into that description. But I would argue that his batting was exceptional, especially against quick bowlers, because of the poise he displayed in his execution.”
“And this is not the only instance of it that we have witnessed. Rishabh’s name keeps coming up in discussions about this England tour, the last one, and the series against South Africa” Rashid Latif claimed.
“Sometimes people question his batting because he gets out quickly, but other times he bats in a way that no one can replicate.” That is why I have said many times that he is the Brian Lara of wicketkeepers, and he proved it today” Rashid Latif said.
Pant will play in the five-match T20I series against the West Indies after being rested for the ODIs.