Rishabh Pant was the difference between the two teams
Rishabh Pant was the difference between the two teams, Rishabh Pant’s resurgence in the 2020-21 season has been one of the biggest takeaways for India. Out of form and confidence before the Australian test series, Pant made a spectacular comeback to play to outstanding knocks in the Australia test series which will shape the destiny of Indian cricket going forward.
At Sydney , with India looking to save the match , Pant played with painkillers to score a magnificent 97 and was looking ominous when he got out . Otherwise India would have gone for a win at SCG.
The bigger moment came for him at Brisbane when his spectacular 89 notout won the test and series for India.
Rishabh continued his good form in England test series scoring 270 runs in the series with a century . He is currently averaging 45 in tests and has effected 82 dismissals.
Taking his confidence in test cricket Pant performed brilliantly in the white-ball formats especially in the ODIs scoring 77 not out and 78 at a strike rate of 152 and as Ian Bell has said, cannot imagine an Indian XI without Rishabh Pant
Pakistani batting great Inzamam Ul Haq has been effusive in his praise of Rishabh Pant and was overwhelmed by his journey in last 4 months which has changed his career .
“What a player he is. After a long time, I’ve seen such a player who plays much better than you think of a player how he should be. I’ve been following him since the India tour of Australia. He doesn’t seem like playing under pressure,” Inzamam said in a video uploaded on his Youtube channel.
“Even in Australia, when all the seniors were out with injuries, his effortless batting at the middle-order made it look as if India haven’t lost any wicket or they aren’t playing on Australian soil.
“Earlier, players used to struggle while playing Down Under but Pant is not bothered at all. Earlier in the 70’s era, Vivian Richards used to be the difference between West Indies and any other side. Similarly, Pant was the difference between India and England,” Inzamam added.
Inzamam further said that Pant’s innings of 78 runs in the 3rd ODI was tremendous as it came on a wicket where batsmen were struggling against spinners.
“It wasn’t an easy wicket to score against spinners as we all saw Virat Kohli getting bowled by Moeen Ali. But Pant once again played a fine knock.” Inzy concluded.