Michael Vaughan, former England cricketer heaped praise on keeper Rishabh Pant, saying the India wicketkeeper has the ability to win matches consistently for India with his dashing approach to batting in Test cricket.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan said Rishabh Pant has the ability to win matches by dominating opposition attacks while batting at No. 6 for India in Test cricket as he likened the wicketkeeper’s big-hitting ability to that of former opener Virender Sehwag.
Michael Vaughan: Rishabh Pant Has Ability Like Virender Sehwag To Put Fear Into Opposition Bowlers
Michael Vaughan said Rishabh Pant, while batting at No. 6, can emulate Virender Sehwag who put fear into the minds of opposition bowlers. Michael Vaughan said Rishabh Pant can end up making mistakes, at times, but he will also be able to win matches for Team India if he continues his fearless approach.
Rishabh Pant played two “career-defining” knocks against Australia as he played a crucial role in helping India win a 4-match Test series and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy last month in India.
He took the attack to Australia bowlers in the 3rd Test in Sydney, hitting a dominant 97 as India went on to seal a draw. In the 4th and final Test in Brisbane, he hit 89 not out as India became the first side since Sir Vivian Richards’ West Indies to beat Australia at the Gabba in Test since 1988-89.
“Sehwag put the fear into opposing bowlers and Pant has the same ability at six to do the same. He will make mistakes and get out for low scores at times but he will also win so many games,” Michael Vaughan said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
Rishabh Pant is gearing up for the upcoming 4-Test series against England starting Friday, February 5 in Chennai. Rishabh Pant is likely to retain the wicket-keeper spot after his brilliant performance in Australia and is a frontrunner to be picked ahead of Wriddhiman Saha who has been considered for the specialist role in home Tests.
Michael Vaughan: Rishabh Pant Is Up There With Ben Stokes
Meanwhile, Vaughan said he finds Rishabh Pant along with England all-rounder Ben Stokes as one of the most enjoyable cricketers to watch, saying the India wicketkeeper can cause trouble to opposition if he maintains his style of playing cricket.
“He is up there with Ben Stokes as the most enjoyable cricketers to watch. When Pant goes out to bat, I watch. I would not want to be next in because you know things will happen,” Vaughan said.
“But if he continues to play the game with the joy and energy he has at the moment as if he is still an 11-year-old then he will pose so many challenges to the opposing team.”
Ben Stokes, England’s all-rounder missed England’s upcoming Test tour of Sri Lanka following the death of his father, Ged Stokes. On the other hand pacer, Jofra Archer was also rested for the series.
Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Rory Burns, who did not travel with the team to Sri Lanka, completed their quarantine and have been training for past 5 days while other team members trained for 3 days. Team’s skipper Joe Root amassed 426 runs in four innings at an average of 106.50 including two centuries with a high score of 228 in the Sri Lankan Tests and will play his 100th Test at Chennai.
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