Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan said that young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has made everyone fall in love with the purest form of the game, Test Cricket.
Pant has contributed a lot to India’s victory in the longest format of the game in recent times. He even played a match-winning knock at Gabba against the Kangaroos. Pant would love to continue his great run with the bat in the final match against New Zealand at Ageas Bowl Southampton.
During a discussion on Star Sports, Irfan Pathan lauded Rishabh Pant for drawing everyone’s attention towards Test cricket, saying:
“Rishabh Pant has made us love Test cricket. If we say that, not many people will deny it. Because he has played fearlessly. He does the work that Gilchrist used to do, coming in at no. 7 and changing the course of the game.”
Irfan Pathan also lauded Rishabh Pant’s grind for getting a permanent slot in the team as wicket-keeper-batsman above Wriddhiman Saha.
“He has made valuable runs and made the team win. This has not happened easily; the performance was not happening, the captain backed him. Wriddhiman Saha used to be the no. 1 wicket-keeper of the team and to replace him and take his place, centuries in England and Australia. Outstanding cricketer” observed Pathan.
The 23-year-old is the only Indian wicketkeeper to have a Test hundred in his name in both England and Australia.
Rishabh Pant is first wicket keeper from any Asian country to score a Test hundred in Australia. #AUSvIND
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Aakash Chopra applauds Rishabh Pant for a strong comeback
While a cricketer undergoes a lot of ups and downs early in his career but Aakash Chopra lauded Pant for making a strong comeback in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
“After that knock in Sydney and what he did at the Gabba, you have confidence in your abilities, but you have self-doubt also at times because of which you have seen the change in his game as well. If you are a 22-24-year-old kid, you will have ups and downs in life, and he has seen a lot at a young age. He has bounced back very strongly from it,” Chopra said.
Rishabh Pant’s match-winning knock of unbeaten 89 runs from 138 balls including 9 boundaries and 1 maximum at The Gabba, Brisbane is considered as one of the best knocks played in the World Test Championship Tournament.