Former Indian bowler believes Rishabh Pant is an asset to Indian team

Rishabh Pant failed to replicate his form in white-ball cricket

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rishabh Pant has become the second Indian wicketkeeper to score a 100 and a 50 in the same Test Match.
  • Pant scored just 27 points in the T20I series against England.
  • The wicket-beater keeper scored a duck in the second ODI.
Although India lost the rescheduled Test match against England by seven wickets, one player shone for India throughout the game. Rishabh Pant had a glorious run with the bat. In the opening innings, the left-handed batsman broke 146 of 111 balls to pull India out of trouble 98-5 to a grand total of 416.
In the second inning, with all the other batsmen failing to make a mark, Pant, along with Pujara, were the only two batters to register half-centuries. Thus, Rishabh became the second Indian wicketkeeper after Farokh Engineer to score one hundred and fifty in the same Test Match.
However, Rishabh Pant hasn’t been able to replicate his test match form in the white ball series so far. In the T20I series, the wicket-beater scored just 27 runs in his two games, including a 1-run inning in Game 3. In the ODI series so far, Pant has failed to open his account, having been sent off for a duck in game two. In the T20I series against South Africa, where he captained the Indian team, Pant scored just 58 points in five matches. This earned him a lot of criticism, with fans claiming he was only fit for Test Matches. However, former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra thinks otherwise.

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Nehra, in an interview with The New Indian Express, said people should be patient with Rishabh Pant as he has shown his ability to get the team out of tough situations. “Rishabh Pant, being the player he is, we don’t need to discuss what kind of talent he is. He showed it in difficult conditions. So we have to be a bit patient, keep our patience with him,” the former left-arm pacer said.

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Ashish Nehra also went on to say that Rishabh Pant is a big asset to the Indian team in all three formats. “You know what a guy like Pant can do in the first six overs, and with the restriction of the pitch, going forward, with more experience, Rishabh Pant is an all-rounder, he’s a big asset to the Indian team in any format,” Nehra added.

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