R Sridhar, fielding coach, said Rishabh Pant has the ability to thrill and disappoint in equal measures which is what makes him stand out from the rest.
R Sridhar gave an honest assessment of Rishabh Pant, explaining the madness behind his game and why he is such an exciting player to watch in world cricket right now.
R Sridhar : Rishabh Pant Can Give Heart Attacks, Aches And Breaks Besides Moments To Take Breath Away
Rishabh Pant’s heroics in the final two Tests against Australia last month will be remembered for a very long time as he first helped India draw in Sydney before his match-winning knock at the Gabba. Talking about the maverick cricketer, R Sridhar said Rishabh Pant has the ability to thrill and can also disappoint in equal measures which is what makes him stand out from the rest.
“What you see is what you get with Rishabh. He can give you heart attacks; he can give you heart aches; he can give you heart breaks, but he can also give you moments that take your breath away,” Sridhar said on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports.
R Sridhar though, admitted that Rishabh Pant is still learning the tricks of the trade and working very hard towards improving his wicketkeeping skills in red-ball cricket.
“There have been occasions on this tour where he sacrificed his batting to work an extra half an hour or one hour on his wicketkeeping. So, that’s great news for everybody who wants to know. He is a work in progress.”
Rishabh Pant has divided opinions among the cricket fraternity ever since making his India debut. However, after the historic series win against Australia, the 23-year-old is now a front-runner for the wicketkeeper’s slot in the longest format. Rishabh Pant though wasn’t considered for limited-overs in Australia tour for low averages and because he often throws his wicket away after being settled especially in white-ball cricket.
R Sridhar: Rishabh Pant Is A Great Package And An Explosive Fearless Cricketer
Rishabh Pant top-scored for India in the four-Test series in Australia with 274 runs despite not being picked for the opening game in Adelaide. He averaged over 68 and scored 2 vital half-centuries in the final two Tests to end up as the third-highest scorer behind Australians Marnus Labuschagne (426) and Steve Smith (313).
“He is a great package, probably one of the most explosive cricketers and one of the most fearless cricketers going around. Plus, he is a left-hander, so that adds a lot of variation in the middle order. So, all in all, Rishabh Pant as a package is extremely exciting,” the fielding coach said.
Rishabh Pant finished the Border Gavaskar Trophy as India’s top run-getter even though he didn’t play the first Test. His second innings knock of unbeaten 89 at Brisbane in 4th Test is now an integral part of Indian cricket history, while he also scored a crucial 97 in drawn 3rd Test at Sydney.