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MS Dhoni Went Ballistic As The Last Resort, For Rishabh Pant, It Is The First Course Of Action: Nasser Hussain

Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni

Nasser Hussain feels former keeper MS Dhoni goes on an offensive mode as a last resort while current skipper Rishabh Pant’s first instinct is being aggressive but with some sensible decision-making.

In awe of Indian batsman Rishabh Pant’s heavy-duty batting off late, the recent of which was an 88-ball 91 against England in Chennai during the first Test on Sunday, Nasser Hussain heaped praises on the batsman in his recent column for the popular British tabloid Daily Mail.

Nasser Hussain
Nasser Hussain (Credits: Twitter)

Nasser Hussain: MS Dhoni Went Ballistic As The Last Resort While Rishabh Pant Does It First

Rishabh Pant’s recent performances have earned him a comparison with Indian wicket-keeping legend MS Dhoni, but cricketer turned commentator Nasser Hussain explained the difference between the two. Rishabh Pant scored 92 twice in his last home series against West Indies and his last three innings scores are 97,89* and 91.

“Mahendra Singh Dhoni, one of his predecessors as India’s wicket-keeper, was a very smart cricketer and that is what he would have done,” he wrote.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“Dhoni was a different style of a cricketer in that he played the situation, whereas Pant plays a lot more by the seat of his pants — if you excuse the expression. Dhoni went ballistic as the last resort. For Pant, it is the first course of action.”

Rishabh Pant displayed a familiar aggressive brand of cricket to score his half-century in merely 40 deliveries on Day 3 of the ongoing 1st Chennai Test against England. His 88-ball 91 innings added the much-needed semblance to Indian innings after a top-order collapse as the likes of Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli failed with the bat to reduce India to 73/4 in 1st innings.

Nasser Hussain: Rishabh Pant Is An Incredible Game-Changing Talent

Rishabh Pant, who is known for his aggressive style of batting, smashed four sixes off Jack Leach en-route his fifty. However, while Rishabh Pant occasionally went for the big hits, he was also equally wary of the deliveries pitching onto the good length and took calculated risks on his way to a fifth half-century.

“Rishabh Pant is an incredible, game-changing talent. Arguably a series-changing talent,” the 52-year-old retired English player wrote. 

“If he hadn’t batted in his no-fear style, if he lacked any self-belief, then India would not have won that match in Brisbane last month that completed their greatest ever series victory.”

Jack Leach and Dom Bess
Jack Leach and Dom Bess (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

“Yesterday, it made for much more exciting viewing to have Pant playing that kind of innings. But don’t confuse him for somebody who simply has a slog. Until his dismissal, he had left deliveries from Dom Bess outside the off stump expertly and very rarely used his feet against him.”

India managed 337 in 1st innings with useful fifty-plus contributions from Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, and Washington Sundar. For England, Dom Bess picked 4 crucial wickets besides being economical, unlike Jack Leach who was expensive but picked 2 wickets. England was bundled for 178 in 2nd innings to set India’s target of 420. India is 39/1 losing Rohit Sharma early.

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