Rishabh Pant has hit several match-winning and match-saving knocks against Australia and England to bolster his reputation in world cricket as there have been many contributing factors to India’s success in the longest format of the game in recent times. However, the contribution of one player-keeper Rishabh Pant has been immense in the last two series.
Team India has looked in spectacular form in Test cricket recently. The Indian cricket team has defeated two top sides in Australia and England in the back-to-back series to book their place in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. After famously defeating Australia 2-1 Down Under, India trumped England 3-1 at home in a four-match Test series.
Rishabh Pant Had The Biggest Role In India Reaching WTC Final: Saba Karim
Former India wicketkeeper Saba Karim feels Rishabh Pant will have a ‘huge role’ to play when India takes on New Zealand in the WTC final on June 18th.
“I feel the World Test Championship final that is going to happen and after that the five-Test matches in England, Pant will have to play a huge role in that. We should not forget that Pant has played a huge role in India reaching the World Test Championship final. If you ask me, I will say that in the entire Indian Test team, Pant has had the biggest role in India reaching this stage, both as a batsman and with the wicketkeeping gloves,” Karim said discussion on India News.
India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has climbed to his career-best 6th ranking in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen. The southpaw had broken into the ten for the first time after hitting his maiden hundred on home soil in the last Test match against England in March.
Rishabh Pant Can Come At No. 6 Bat Aggressively And Play Match Winning Knocks As Because Of Him, Virat Kohli Goes With 5 Bowlers: Saba Karim
Rishabh Pant played an instrumental role in India’s Test series victories in Australia and at home against England. The 23-year old scored his first Test hundred on Indian soil against England in Ahmedabad. He mustered a brilliant counterattacking ton after India found itself in a bothersome position and won the match for his side from there and sealed the series along with a place in the ICC World Test Championship’s final.
“Since the time Pant has made his entry in the Indian Test team, the combination has become very good. Only because of Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli goes into the ground with five bowlers. He knows that he has a reliable batsman like Pant, who can come at No.6, bat at a fast pace, and play match-winning knocks.”
Rishabh Pant scored 274 runs at an average of 68.50 in five innings for India against Australia. The keeper continued his form against England where he hit 270 runs at an average of 54.00 as he was the second-highest run-getter for India in the series. He has 1358 runs in 20 Tests averaging 45.27.