Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath said that Rishabh Pant’s batting style was similar to that of Australia legend Adam Gilchrist, who would take the attack to the bowlers.

Rishabh Pant reacts after his dismissal against Australia in the second Test match. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rishabh Pant has played 14 Tests for India so far and has an average of 38.32
  • He also has two Test centuries to his name
  • He scored 29 runs of 40 balls in the first innings of the Boxing Day Test against Australia

India batsman Rishabh Pant was brought into the squad for the second Test after Wriddhiman Saha failed to perform in the Adelaide Test.

Although Pant scored only 29 of 40 balls in the first innings, former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath felt that his innings was an important one as he put the Australian bowlers under pressure with his aggressive batting.

McGrath went on to describe Pant’s batting style as that similar to Australia legend Adam Gilchrist, who would keep the scoreboard ticking as long as he was there.

“Pant sort of put it back on the bowlers (in the first innings). The bowlers couldn’t bowl the lines that they wanted to. I think they tried to get a little too aggressive to him, and someone like Rishabh Pant, he likes to score, and if you cut away his scoring options, it makes it a little tougher.

“He is one of those guys, he is someone like Adam Gilchrist, the more time he spends in the middle, the scoreboard is going to tick over and over,” Glenn McGrath said on Sony TV.

Pant has great ability and potential, says Agarkar

Former India bowler Ajit Agarkar, who was on the same show said that Pant was too good a player to be ignored.

“Glenn just said that he is a bit like Adam Gilchrist. So if he’s got that X-factor why would you not have him in the team. Ok, in this game he’s batted at No. 6 so you’ll always get that from Rishabh Pant.

“There was bounce on that ball… it was close for him to cut. But you could see how much he’s worked on a pitch against a bowler whom players have to work hard against,” Agarkar said.

“He’s a young player. When you have that sort of ability and potential in someone, might as well back him as much as you can,” added Agarkar.

Rishabh Pant has played 14 Tests for India so far and has an average of 38.32 and has two Test centuries to his name.



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