Laxman names the biggest positive for Indian team
Rishabh Pant’s performance in the last few months has been a revelation. The cricket fraternity literally had no idea that Pant would grab the chances properly this time around. He played an integral role in Team India’s success against Australia in the 2-1 series victory.
The southpaw scored 97 in the third Test and also scored an unbeaten match-winning 89* to steer India to victory in the series decider at The Gabba. Pant continued to thrive once again in the home series against England where he scored 91 in the first Test.
The young wicketkeeper also chipped in with an unbeaten 58* and a magnificent 101 in the fourth and final Test at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. His special knock came at a time when India were looking to qualify for the ICC World Test Championship final.
The 23-year-old once again played a top knock and was named the man of the match for his scintillating batting show. After India won the series by 3-1 and qualified for the ICC WTC final, people from all across the country praised Rishabh Pant for his knock.
VVS Laxman praises Pant:
Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman showered praises on Pant for his exceptional batting display in the just-concluded Test series against England. Pant scored his first century at home where he accomplished the landmark by smashing a big six off Joe Root’s bowling.
He scored 101 runs and his innings was laced with 13 fours and 2 sixes. India restricted England to 205 and 135 in the first and second innings as the hosts won by an innings and 25 runs. Overall, Pant ended up as the third leading run-scorer in the series behind Joe Root’s 368 and Rohit Sharma’s 345.
The young wicketkeeper-batsman aggregated 270 runs in the series. Apart from batting, Pant showcased exceptional glovework and pulled off some stunners and affecting smart stumpings as well.
While speaking on Star Sports, former cricketer Laxamn picked Pant as the biggest positive for Team India both as a batsman and as a wicketkeeper.
“The Indian team has got quite a few positives from the last two series. But I feel Rishabh Pant is the biggest positive, not only as a batsman but also as a keeper, the way he has kept on improving. If you can play shots like that against the great Jimmy Anderson, what a future he is going to have,” Laxman told Star Sports.
“The Indian team was under pressure in Sydney, Brisbane and also in this match when they were 150/6. In that situation, playing your natural game with fearless shots and playing a match-winning knock is not easy for a young player,” he added.
“Everyone also needs to remember that the last two years have been very difficult for him but he showed positivity and improved his game by putting in the hard work and because of that, the results are being seen,” said the former cricketer.
“I am sure there has been a significant contribution from his coaches, family members and supporters which has helped in this turnaround,” he added.