Former England off-spinner Graeme Swann was impressed with Rishabh Pant in his debut series against England in 2018. Swann was assured of Pant’s special talent after he hit the six on the very second ball of his debut match. He reckons that the youngster has got the backing from the team which is why he plays fearlessly.
In the recent conversation between Irfan Pathan and Graeme Swann, the former Indian pacer mentioned how Kohli goes out of his way to support a youngster he spots talent in, a prime example of which is Pant. Replying to Pathan, Graeme Swann opined that Kohli’s backing allows the 21-year-old to play his natural game.
Although Pant is currently struggling with his form, Swann adores the way the wicketkeeper-batsman plays the game.
“The name came up there, Rishabh Pant. I absolutely adore the way he plays his cricket. Because he has someone backing him,” Swann said during the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports.
“You remember in the Test series when he came to England and first ball or second ball at Trent Bridge, he hit the spin bowler back over his head for six. I thought at that moment that this guy would be something special in Test cricket because he is a youngster and yet he backs his game. He’s got the team around him who backs up,” Swann said.
Rishabh Pant hogged the eyes of selectors after his impressive performance in domestic cricket and IPL. Playing for Delhi Capitals, he was the power-hitter and scored heavily for them.
The middle-order batsman amassed 684 runs and 488 runs in 2018 and 2019 IPL season respectively. However, he has failed to replicate the same performance in international cricket.
In 2018, he made the debut in the Test series against England and went on to score his maiden century. He was also a significant contributor in the historic Test series win in Australian soil last year.
But his form dipped after he replaced former Indian cricketer, MS Dhoni, in the team. He was heavily under scrutiny for his poor wicketkeeping.
Earlier this year, Rishabh Pant was dropped from the playing XI in the T20I series against New Zealand. KL Rahul took over his role and impressed everyone with his glove. So, it will be hard for Pant to make a comeback in white-ball cricket.