Rishabh Pant is the last few months has taken his batting to another level and won India matches from impossible situations. Now former Australia captain Ian Chappell has become a huge admirer of Pant after his recent heroics with the bat. Pant was the man of the match in the Brisbane Test as his splendid knock helped India win the series 2-1.
The Indian wicket-keeper batsman continued his prolific form in the home Test series against England and smashed a series-winning century in the final Test match. Chappell believes that Pant has contributed more in the last few months than many do in their entire career. The former cricketer added that Pant worked extremely hard on his fitness and led the charge for India after a dismal Adelaide Test match.
Ian Chappell In Awe Of Incredible Rishabh Pant
“Rishabh Pant has produced three innings that changed the course of a Test with mature counterattacking when the team was in trouble. Most players don’t contribute that many in a career”, Chappell wrote in his column on ESPN Cricinfo.
“Pant was read the riot act in Australia when he turned up overweight. He then ‘worked his backside off, according to the coach, and was reinstated in the team after the Indian debacle at Adelaide Oval. What followed has been a revelation”, Chappell wrote.
Meanwhile, Chappell also pointed out that there was a method to the madness of Pant’s batting as he took calculative risks and always looked to score. He wasn’t scared of anything and backed himself to score runs when India was under immense pressure.
“Pant was scared of… well, nothing actually. The chirpy Indian keeper, armed with a supremely confident disposition, played each innings balancing aggression with appropriate caution. His approach of ‘see the ball and hit it is a simple one but it’s fortified by the common-sense approach of always looking for opportunities to score,” Chappell concluded.