Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-Ul-Haq made a bold prediction regarding Rishabh Pant, believing that the Indian wicket batsman can surpass MS Dhoni and Adam Gilchrist if he can continue his current form.
Pant has been unstoppable since returning to the Indian squad on touring Australia last year. After scoring four fifty-one centuries in six combined tests against Australia and England, Pant made a fun 77-on-40-ball stroke in the second ODI against England.
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Although the effort came in a losing case, Inzamam is very impressed to see Pant’s progress over the past few months, believing the 23-year-old’s range of shots to be nothing short of amazing, and provided he can maintain this glorious series of forms, he can very easily overtake two of the greatest wicket hitters the game has seen.
“The one who gave India a boost at batting in lower order was Rishabh Pant, who scored a brilliant 77 on 40 balls. Thanks to him, India’s running rate skyrocketed I have been following him for 6-7 months, and the way he effectively beats and scores in different positions is amazing, ”Inzamam said of Pant on his YouTube channel.
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“The way he expresses himself and the range of strokes he has, I’ve only seen it in two wicket keeper batsmen over the past 30-35 years, MS Dhoni and Adam Gilchrist. wicket keepers who could change a game. The kind of performance Rishabh Pant gives, if he keeps playing the same way, he’ll leave them both behind, and far away. “
Inzamam reckons that it was Pant’s whirlwind stroke that saw India post a gigantic 336/6 total, even though KL Rahul had played an equally brilliant inning, scoring 108 balls out of 114 balls. Pant and Rahul added a century-long partnership for India’s fourth wicket, with the youngest partner hitting three fours and seven sixes on his hit and Inzamam credits Pant with India’s impetus in the 10 last overs which saw the home side score over 100 points.
“It’s not that KL Rahul hit slowly. Their innings were magnificent, but the one that changed the game was Pant’s 40-ball 77 and Pandya’s 35 of 16. The way they scored in 9 and a half made a difference, ”the former drummer told me.