Legendary India batter Sunil Gavaskar lauded young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant for his brilliant performance in the Manchester ODI against England and said that the 24-year-old has learnt from the mistakes he made in the T20I series against South Africa.
The 24-year-old Pant smashed an unbeaten 125 off just 113 deliveries, including 16 fours and 2 sixes, in the 3rd ODI against England at Old Trafford, Manchester. Also, he had a crucial 133-run partnership for the 5th wicket with Hardik Pandya that helped India win the match by 5 wickets and the series by 2-1.
Meanwhile, Gavaskar said that Pant showed maturity in the third ODI and he paced his innings very well. The batting legend reckons Pant seems to have learnt from his mistakes in the South Africa T20Is where he got dismissed for low scores while trying to play rash shots. Speaking to Sports Tak, Gavaskar said:
“Rishabh Pant seems to have learned from his mistakes against South Africa. He chased balls outside off stump to slog them over the leg side then, but the way he batted with responsibility yesterday shows how well he paced his innings.
“The way he smashed a flurry of boundaries towards the end showed that he is someone who can absorb pressure and then attack.”
We need to be patient with Pant – Sunil Gavaskar
Indian batting legend also believes that Indian management needs to be patient with Pant in the T20I format and he will eventually win games for India. He asserted:
“We will need to wait and see (whether Pant is able to replicate this form in T20Is). He might have found the right template to play white ball cricket.
“In T20s you have to start playing from third gear and move into fifth gear, so it is very different from ODIs. We need to be patient with Pant and realize that he will win us games when he is set, while sometimes there will be failures.”
Gavaskar further said that Pant will become mature with time just like Hardik Pandya did. He said:
“We shouldn’t forget that he made his Test debut just four years ago. He is just 23  and in that age there is a bit of adrenaline rush that tends the batters to play rash shots.
“But look at home Hardik Pandya used to play when he was 23, and look at how matured his batting has become now. The way Pant showed maturity yesterday should make fans happy.”
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