IND v ENG 2021: Sunil Gavaskar 'very, very impressed' with Rishabh Pant's batting

Rishabh Pant scored 78 off 62 balls batting at No. 4 in the series decider.

Rishabh Pant during the 3rd ODI | Getty

Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar is mightily impressed with young left-hander Rishabh Pant's batting in the 3rd ODI against England.

Rishabh Pant didn't go for a shot every ball but slaughtered only those deliveries which were there to be hit. The 71-year-old liked the way Pant approached his innings and scored the runs when his side needed him to score sensibly.

Gavaskar told Star Sports, "Very, very impressed. He is carrying on the good form he has been in the past three-four months. Most of all, he is playing smart and intelligent cricket. He is not trying to slog every ball. He is waiting for the right ball to come when the ball is tossed up and within his range, that's when he is playing the big shot."

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"Otherwise, look at some of the other shots he has played. He has used the bottom hand to a good effect. He knows exactly where the fielders are. Therefore, he is making sure he is hitting the ball in vacant spaces," he added.

Another fact that Gavaskar liked about the youngster's knock in this series decider was that he didn't want to hit everything over the boundary but also went for the gaps in the infield. He also felt that Pant is now playing according to the situation.

"When he is not looking to hit the ball into the stands, he is hitting it between the fielders. That has been the most impressive thing about his batting. He is now playing according to the need of the situation, and according to where the fielders are," Gavaskar concluded.


By Sameer Deodhar - 28 Mar, 2021

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