Indian team would be taking on the mighty English unit in their own backyard in the 5-match tests that would commence from 1st August at Edgbaston. With Indian team lacking the key players support, it seems that they will have to rope in for the services of young prospects to take up the mantle and exhibit some scintillating performances in the upcoming contests. One such player that team India could rely upon is Rishabh Pant.
Yes, the young lad from Delhi is regarded as the perfect replacement for MS Dhoni in the shorter format of the game, and through his heroics in the recent events, and in his games over the last couple of years, he has finally managed to get a maiden call for the tests in the 5-match series versus England.
His inclusion might be an unorthodox decision, but, let’s check out some facts about Rishabh Pant as to what makes him a bright prospect for the Indian team.
Rishabh Pant – The Rising Star of Indian Cricket
The 20-year old came into the spotlight following his blistering knock of 24 balls 75 against Nepal in the U-19 World Cup games held in 2016.
What followed thereafter, was a series a top-notch cricket from such a young talent, which included a jaw-dropping 972 runs in the 12 innings of his Ranji games, where he smacked 4 hundreds at a colossal average of 81 and a strike rate of 107.28.
His first-class high score of 308 came in 326 deliveries versus Maharashtra, and he became the 4th youngest triple century holder in the first-class contests.
Not to forget, his 48 balls hundred against Jharkhand, which is regarded as the fastest century in the Ranji format of the game.
Scintillating performances in England
Pant was a part of India A squad that toured England for the tri-series. His riveting knock of 62 ball 64 helped the Men in Blue grab a victory in against England Lions in the final battle.
Also, he was the lone warrior in the recently played first-class game versus the England Lions, where despite his scores of double fifties the game turned in the rival’s favor.
On comparisons with Adam Gilchrist
Rishabh Pant knows the art of smacking hard regardless of the format being played, which has led to his comparisons with the Australian legend Adam Gilchrist.
The former Australian wicket-keeper was a nightmare for the opposition bowlers during the powerplay overs. He would pierce through the bowling attack and set the Australian unit to flying starts in the powerplay overs.
Not to forget, he was the part of the formidable Australian team and had a habit of unleashing carnage on the opposition bowlers in the World cup finals.
Talking about his test cricket, he mostly batted at number 6 or 7 in the longer format of the game, yet managed to score 5,570 runs at a jaw-dropping strike rate of 81.95 in his 137 innings of play. Phew! Who does that in test cricket?
Rishabh Pant is considered a similar prospect and is regarded as one of the key players for India in the upcoming 5-match series. Let’s see if the Delhi lad is worth the attention he gathers.
Source: The Indian Express