Ind vs Eng 4th Test – Rishabh Pant India’s new Crisis Man: The magic of Rishabh Pant is continuing non-stop. India’s new crisis man scored a century to play one more inning of his life.
Pant scored his 3rd Test hundred to take team India out of woods. From being precariously placed at 80/4 – Pant on an extremely unpredictable wicket took on his shoulders to ensure India takes a crucial lead in the 4th and a final test against England.
Rishabh Pant – India’s new CRISIS-MAN
Pant’s 89 not out helped India clinch the series against Australia in Brisbane
In Brisbane, in the 4th Test, Pant played a match-winning 89 against Australia to clinch the series 2-1. Batting at No 5 with India down 167/3 and still needing 161 to win, he proved that he relished playing under pressure.
Pant’s 91 saves India the grace in the 1st Test against England in Chennai
India down 73/4 in the first innings against England’s 578, Pant led the fight back. Partnering with Washington Sundar, the duo saved India humiliation. India although lost the Test by 227 runs the margin could have been a lot worse.
His unbeaten 58 in Chennai in the 2nd Test helped India post a fighting 329 total
He repeated that again in the 2nd Test in Chennai. With Rohit Sharma leading from the front, India lost quick wickets. Sharma and Rahane departed three overs apart. But Pant scored an unbeaten 58 in the first innings to help India post 329.
Pant’s 101 helps India take the lead against England in the 4th Test in Ahmedabad
On Friday, the situation again demanded that he soldiered on. India 80/4 with Virat Kohli and Rahane dismissed, Pant carried on with Sharma. The duo added 41 runs for the fifth wicket before Sharma departed on 49. But he carried on. With Ravichandran Ashwin who lasted 10 overs before Washington Sundar came on to the crease. Sundar-Pant added 113 runs for the 7th wicket as India took the match away from England bowlers.
Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar praised Pant’s fighting spirit. “He is capable of handling it. The youngsters can sometimes get cowed down by pressure. Not Rishabh Pant. He relishes the pressure,” Gavaskar said at Tea on Star Sports.
Pant, known for his attacking batting, has shown maturity. On Friday, he wasn’t aggressive. When he got a loose ball from Joe Root, he did hit it for a six but then controlled his batting. He was careful to England setting him up for another Rohit Sharma-esque wicket but he did not play into the England bowlers.
Stokes kept bowling wider deliveries to Sharma before trapping him leg before with a leg cutter. “The seamers have bowled tremendously. So there are no easy runs. Hence, Pant will look to make runs. There is risk involved in this, but if it comes through, then India could actually take the lead,” Gavaskar added.
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan, who lamented England’s batting, applauded Pant. “This is the way to Bat in Test Cricket … Calmness, clarity, trust in defence & attack at the right time … Brilliant from @RishabhPant17 !! #INDvENG,” he tweeted.