SA v IND 2021-22: “A hundred of sheer daring brilliance and class” - Shastri lauds Rishabh Pant for his unbeaten 100

Pant scored his maiden Test century in South Africa.

Rishabh Pant celebrating his century | Getty Images

Every cricket fan enjoys Ravi Shastri’s words, be it as the head coach or as a commentator, he never fails to entertain his fans on the mic. He was the one who was on the mic when Team India lifted both the 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 World Cup, which made the moment more memorable.

Ravi Shastri even made Yuvraj's six sixes off Stuart Broad more fun with his fun words and commentary. Let’s admit it, Shastri has a electrifying effect on the audience as a commentator.

Although the former Indian cricketer has not yet returned to the commentary box,  he gave his fans a glimpse of what it would have been like had he present in the box while Rishabh’s century on the 3rd day of the Cape Town Test.

He posted a congratulatory message on Twitter for Rishabh Pant, which if read in one go, would get his fans back to his glory days in the commentary box.

"Pant dazzles with a hundred of sheer daring brilliance and class. Simply a magnificent young man. What an entertainer," Shastri tweeted.

Pant has been Shastri’s favorite, as he has always appreciated the young talent. Back during the India tour of England, when the Indian wicket-keeper tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and re-joined the team after getting fit, Shastri welcomed him back with a garland.

Shastri has spoken highly of the young man who has shown tremendous form both against Australia and England last year.

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"At 21, 22, or 23, I had similar success, so I can relate to as I scored hundreds overseas. What you can never take away is the exuberance of youth. It's only when the baggage comes of being a known quantity and that's when life starts," Shastri had told reporters.

"Rishabh Pant, he came in after IPL with a lot of baggage and that showed in his size and he had to lose that (weight) which he did. He worked his backside off. I can tell you that he has trained harder than anyone else, and results are not just for him to see but for world to see."

It was just 8 days ago when Rishabh was getting slammed for his dismissal against Rabada and now he has scored a century facing the same opponent at Cape Town.

This would be one of Rishabh’s finest centuries of his career given the conditions he scored these runs in. After Pant’s 100*, the next highest score was Indian skipper Kohli’s 29 in India's final total of 198, which explains how hard the batting conditions have been for the Indian team.


By Khushi Raghuwanshi - 14 Jan, 2022

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