- Rishabh Pant made his Test cricket debut in the ongoing 3rd Test match between England and India
- The 20-year-old scored 24 runs off 51 balls and started his Test run-scoring career with a six of just his 2nd ball
- Former Delhi coach KP Bhaskar was full of praise for the youngster and urged him to continue with his aggressive style
Having picked up all 10 English wickets in a single session on Day 2, Indian team can now drive home the advantage on Day 3 with Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara on the crease and with the lead over 290.
In Latest Cricket New, Hardik Pandya was the star-man on Day 2 picking up his first ever 5-wicket haul in Test matches. However, there was another player who impressed the majority of those watching with his confident play and that was 20-year-old Rishabh Pant. The Delhi Daredevil wicket-keeper was making his debut in the longest format of the game, having replaced the inconsistent Dinesh Karthik.
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Although Pant just scored 24 runs in 1st innings, his stroke play and the confident defense was a welcome sight for Indian fans, who have seen the batting line-up just crumble in the previous two encounters. The fact that the youngster starting his career in Test cricket with a six of just the second ball he faced showed the lack of nerves and the confidence he had in his ability, even though this was his first ever match.
KP Bhaskar, who is currently coaching India Green in the Duleep Trophy, observed Pant from close quarters during his time with the Delhi Ranji Team, of which he was the coach of. “He is the kind of character who has complete belief in what he is doing. If the first ball is there to be hit, he will hit it,” said Bhaskar to India’s leading daily TOI.
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After his performance in the 1st innings, it’s hard to see Dinesh Karthik displacing him from the playing 11 for the next two matches, which is just the perfect scenario for the youngster to make a mark in international. For those of you who do not remember Pant was adjudged the Emerging Player of the Year in IPL 2018, for his exploits with Delhi Daredevils scoring a staggering 684 runs at an average of 52 and with a strike-rate of 173.
Speaking further about Pant’s aggressive style of batting, Bhaskar said,”Pant will have to adapt in Tests. However, we have never curbed his natural instincts in Delhi. He has got to be natural. That’s the only way he knows. I’m sure he will succeed.”
Rishabh Pant became the first Indian batsman to start his run-scoring in Test cricket with a six and that was off just the second ball of his career against Adil Rashid. Over the past couple of years, the wicket-keeper batsman has made a name for himself in the limited-over format. However, there are still some critics who question his temperament in Test cricket.
“It’s a question of getting the confidence. It depends on whether you are able to take the initial pressure that comes with making your debut. He has got talent and age on his side. India are looking for a wicketkeeper who can bat. I’m sure that he will cement his place provided he is given,” said Pant’s former coach Bhaskar when questioned about his abilities to play in Test cricket.
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