Former India batsman VVS Laxman considers Rishabh Pant’s aggressive knock in India’s first innings of the Chennai Test against England changed the velocity of the game.
The England team had less India to a score of 73/4 in their search of the visitors’ huge total of 578 runs. Rishabh Pant then knocks a bold 91 and linked together with a 119-run partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara to get the slide.
Setting all things aside, Rishabh Pant got 91 today. Following up on scores of 89* 23 & 97 before this. 89* being a great Test match innings.
So that’s 👍👍👍to Rishabh Pant the batsman. #INDvENG
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Although speaking about Pant’s knock on Star Sports, VVS Laxman noted that the southpaw’s practical approach has taken the force away from the Joe Root-led side.
“The England bowlers were on top, the captain and vice-captain had both got out after the openers and the field placement was attacking. But the way Rishabh Pant batted fearlessly by using his feet, he opened up the field and changed the momentum and that is the special thing about Rishabh Pant’s batting,” said Laxman.
The 46-year-old praised Pant and Pujara for projected to their natural game in support India recover from difficulty.
“Both those batsmen counter-attacked in their own style. We know Pujara takes his time, plays a lot of deliveries and does not play in the air when he uses his feet. Rishabh Pant plays in a different fashion. The mindset shown by Rishabh Pant was very much required and that was shown by the field placement,” he said this regard.
“Rishabh Pant is showing maturity as well” – VVS Laxman Said
VVS Laxman noted out that Rishabh Pant was also choosy in his strokeplay, a clear indication of his developing term.
“We cannot only talk about this match. The way he batted in Sydney and Brisbane, played his natural game under pressure. He is not playing the big shots on every delivery. So he is showing maturity as well,” Laxman said.
The supposed observer signed off by declaring that the confidence Rishabh Pant earned after his recent deeds in Australia held him in well-positioned.
“When you are out of form, your confidence is down, you don’t have the clarity in your thinking. But when your confidence is high, you are always one step ahead of the bowlers and back your game plan,” Laxman thinks.
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 7, 2021
Rishabh Pant had walked towards bat after India had extinct the wickets of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane in rapid succession.
Although, instead of taking bogged down, Pant took the attack to the England bowlers. The wicketkeeper-batsman was especially severe on Jack Leach, with all 5 of his sixes come off the left-arm spinner’s bowling.
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