India vs England 4th Test – Rishabh Pant 100: The Indian wicket keeper Rishabh Pant again ended up playing knock of his life as he scored his 3rd hundred in the test cricket to take India to very strong position in the series decider. Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, Michael Vaughan everyone has hailed Pant’s brilliant knock – check what the man himself wants to say about his magical innings.
“I like to play according to the situation. I just see the ball and react to it; that’s the USP of my cricket. That’s what I think,” Pant told the host broadcasters after his 101 on Day 2 of the fourth Test in Ahmedabad.
“I like to play my cricket and make my team win. If the crowd is getting entertained, I am happy to do that.”
Pant came at a time when India were in danger of conceding a first-innings lead to England. Coming in to bat after Virat Kohli was out on nought, Pant took a careful approach during his first fifty before opening his blade during the second. Overall, he got to his hundred off only 115 balls.
“The team plan was to build a partnership when me and Rohit bhai were playing,” Pant said. “After assessing the pitch, I decided to play my shots. Sometimes when the bowler is bowling well, you have to give credit to the bowler and respect the ball. If you get a bad ball, look for a single or defend it — that was on my mind.”
Pant’s first hundred in India:
“I don’t focus on personal goals,” Pant said when asked if the hundred was on his mind. “Nothing much going on in my mind. The team plan was the only thing running in my mind.”
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.