Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq compared Rishabh Pant’s batting to that of former Indian opener Virender Sehwag. According to Inzamam, when he sees Rishabh Pant bat, he feels like he is watching Sehwag bat left-handed.
Praising the 23-year-old while speaking on his YouTube channel, the former Pakistan captain opined that Rishabh Pant’s game does not get affected due to pressure.
He said, “Rishabh Pant, absolutely brilliant. After a long time, I have seen a player on whom pressure seems to have no effect. Even if six wickets are down at 146, the way he starts his innings, no one does. He plays his strokes, irrespective of the pitch or how many runs the other team has scored. He is equally good against spinners and fast bowlers. I thoroughly enjoy watching him. It’s like watching Sehwag bat left-handed.”
Comparing the two, Inzamam further said, “I have played with Sehwag and he too didn’t bother about other factors. When he used to bat, it didn’t matter to him how the pitch behaved or what kind of bowling attack the opponent had. He just had to play his strokes, even if the fielders were on the boundary. After Sehwag, I have seen such a player, for whom nothing else matters.”
Pant’s hundred in the fourth Test in Ahmedabad gave India the upper edge after England fought back valiantly with the ball. The wicketkeeper-batsman smashed 101 from 118 balls featuring 13 fours and two sixes.
Pointing that Pant’s match-winning knocks have helped not only just in India but in matches abroad as well referring to India’s historic triumph against Australia in Gabba Test earlier this year where Pant scored an unbeaten 89.
Inzamam added, “Ever since I’ve noted, it’s not that he’s only doing it in India, he did it in Australia too. He didn’t get to score centuries because he plays at his own pace. After a long time, I have seen such a player.
“India had Sachin, Dravid now they have Virat and Rohit. But the way he plays, it’s amazing. The kind of self-confidence he has is surprising. I haven’t come across a player like him in cricket.”
Rishabh Pant has been a part of 20 Tests for India so far and has 1358 runs to his name with an impressive average of 45.26.