Rishabh Pant’s performances captivate audiences, but the youngster occasionally frustrates them with his dismissive style, according to Aakash Chopra.
On Sunday, July 17, during the third and final ODI against England, Pant slammed an unbeaten 125 off just 113 deliveries. In the series-deciding match, the wicketkeeper-batsman and Hardik Pandya put up a 133-run fifth-wicket partnership to enable Team India to reach their target of 260 runs with five wickets remaining.
No End To Fours, Sixes And Entertainment While Rishabh Pant Is On The Ground: Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra was all praise for Rishabh Pant when assessing the game in a video uploaded on his YouTube channel, elaborating:
“Destructive Pant, he is absolutely exceptional. Till the time Rishabh Pant is on the ground, there is no end to fours, sixes and entertainment. The guy is classy, whenever there is pressure, actually he saves his best for that game. Of course, once in a while he will frustrate you, but he enthrals you.”
The former Indian starting pitcher said that Pant’s innings were composed. Chopra observed:
“First ODI century, India were struggling and there he steered the boat. The entertainment he provides and he takes the attack. There was a maturity in this knock, it was not all about slam-bang, fours and sixes, my way or the highway.”
During his knock, Pant hit two sixes and 16 fours. In the beginning of their partnership, he was willing to follow Hardik Pandya about, but once he had his foot in the door, he attacked the opposition.
Rishabh Pant Carried Responsibility After Dismissal Of Hardik Pandya: Aakash Chopra
After Hardik was dismissed, Aakash Chopra complimented Pant for bringing the visitors home. He stated:
“He played cautiously as well, played shots after riding the bounce, and when he had to hit a six, struck Willey into the stands. He took all the responsibility on his shoulders when Hardik Pandya got out, that he will carry the entire team.”
The cricketer-turned-analyst noted that during his uninterrupted 56-run partnership with Pant, Ravindra Jadeja was essentially a spectator at the other end. Chopra explained:
“There were 55 runs left and Jaddu scored only seven out of those. When he starts hitting, he doesn’t take the name of stopping. That’s the thing about Rishabh Pant, whenever he scores runs, it leaves you in awe, there is a jaw-dropping effect that the guy is different. He is just sublime.”
Aakash Chopra commended Pant for displaying much-improved glovework behind the wickets.
To support his claim, he used the wicketkeeper’s superb catches of Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes in the third and first ODIs, respectively.