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India v England: ‘Rishabh Pant will be one of the great keeper-batsmen if he carries on at this level’
- Updated: March 6, 2021
India’s Rishabh Pant is going to be one of the greatest wicketkeeper-batsmen there has ever been if he carries on at this level.
The 23-year-old hit what certainly feels like a series-winning century on day two of the final Test in Ahmedabad, helping India, who lead 2-1, close 89 runs ahead of England, with three first-innings wicket left.
He is an incredibly fearless young player who doesn’t seem to worry at all about the situation – India were 146-6 in reply to England’s 205 but then Pant put on a crucial stand of 113 with Washington Sundar.
There had been some concerns about his wicketkeeping and he had a very average first Test with the gloves, but it’s definitely improved and it seems like his brilliant batting is giving him confidence that’s rubbing off on his keeping.
He also showed the correct way to play in this context. He got his eye in then attacked the second new ball, showing from his first shot against it – hitting James Anderson down the ground for four – that he was not going to allow England to take back any initiative.
To then also reverse sweep Anderson, one of the greatest bowlers of all time, like he did was incredible and bringing up his third century in his 20th Test with a six was typical of his character.
He is going to be a very, very special cricketer for a long time.