Former Pakistani cricketer Rashid Latif has praised Rishabh Pant for his century in the first innings saying he is Brian Lara of wicket keepers. Latif further added that Pant played calculated cricket during his innings and praised the shots he played against the point guards towards midwicket.
India are in a strong position in the single test against England thanks to the brilliant batting performance of Rishab Panting and Ravindra Jadeja. After being asked to bat first, India posted a total of 416 and cut the opposition to 84/5. Rishabh Pant played a crucial role for the Indian team by hitting 146 runs from 111 balls. India were on 98/5 at one point but Pant and Ravindra Jadeja forged a stand of 222 for the sixth wicket. Jadeja also scored a century with her 104-point shot.
” He is the Brian Lara doormen. This match takes place in Birmingham, the same venue where Brian Lara scored 501 for Warwickshire. Pant showed glimpses of this today. Pant has limited foot movement, but he can pick up the ball very well,” Latif said on his official YouTube channel.
Pant backed up his natural game and attacked the bowlers early on. In his innings he also played a reverse scoop to James Anderson. Also, he was going off the track to take on some leaders and it worked for him. Latif praised the southpaw for taking a chance even when Ben Stokes tried to pressure him with close defenders.
“He let the ball come to him. 2-3 shots he played towards the midwicket against fast bowlers was outstanding. He played calculated cricket. England tried to put the pressure on with four slips and a ravine, which meant there weren’t enough outfield players on the outside. So he took a chance,” Latif said.
“I would also credit Jadeja there. Normally in such moments you can lose your partner on the other end. But he complimented him brilliantly.
India lead the Test series 2-1 and if they win this rescheduled fifth Test or even draw it, the team will record a historic victory in the England Test series.
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