'He can single-handedly take the game away from opposition’, Rahane hails youngster ahead of England Tests
After a series of failures with the bat across formats, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant found himself among runs in the last two Tests against Australia. Although he missed out on his century by 3 runs in Sydney, he finished the game in style in Brisbane and guided India to a historic 3-wicket victory.
The improvement in Rishabh’s game was evident in the Test series Down Under. Innings after innings he sharpened his skills and ended the tour with a knock to remember. His unbeaten 89-run knock in the 2nd innings in the Brisbane Test was enough to prove why he has been getting backed by the team management.
Speaking of his batting show at The Gabba, Ajinkya Rahane, who led India to 2-1 series win against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, stated that Pant has the ability to take the game away from the opposition singlehandedly and all he needs to back his natural game.
“I guess he is very well aware of his game plan. The same strategy worked for him in Sydney, where he got 97. He was very disappointed there when he got out. He played a similar innings in Brisbane as well. Now, we’ve seen how he likes to play his cricket – the hundred which he got last time in Australia, the one in England, they all bear the same style,” Rahane told Times of India.
“His batting clearly spells out one thing – he takes his time initially and once he’s settled; he can singlehandedly take the game away from the opposition. I think that’s his template. He clearly needs to back his game,” he added.
The Indian team will now gear up to host England in a four-match Test series, starting from February 5 in Chennai.
The England cricket team led by captain Joe Root arrived in Chennai on Tuesday. The players along with the support staff flew to India from Sri Lanka where England recently won the two-match Test series 2-0.
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- Former England captains Michael Vaughan, Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook have criticised the pitch in the third Test.
- A case in point is his last innings in Test cricket when he scored a gritty 96 in the second innings on a vicious turner in Bengaluru. His efforts went in vain as India lost the match and the series to Pakistan.
- Ind vs Eng: England got knocked out of contention for WTC final in June with their 10-wicket triumph in the day-night third Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
- India vs England, 3rd Test: He was awarded the man of the match award for his spectacular performance against England in his home ground.
- “I think we need to stand up and take notice of what Ashwin has done. In Tests, he is a modern-day legend. As a captain, I am so pleased he is in my team,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.
- This is a man who has been the fastest in the world to reach 200, 250 and 350 Test wickets, and yet derided for being someone who thrives only on home conditions.
- Ind vs Eng: The visitors were bundled out for 112 and 81 in consecutive days as India completed a 10-wicket win to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series. A total of 17 wickets fell on the second day.
- Ind vs Eng: England had registered their previous lowest-total against India back in 1971 at the Oval. BS Chandrashekhar scalped 6 wickets to restrict Ray Illingworth-led England for 101 in the second innings.