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‘He can change the game in 40 minutes’ – Rohit Sharma lavishes massive praise on Indian youngster

By BetBarter Staff

March 15, 2022

India beat Sri Lanka in the Test match at Bangalore in under three days to take the series victory by 2-0. There were a few players that had a good outing in the two matches, but Rishabh Pant completely stood out. He scored 185 runs at a strike rate of 120 in the three innings, this also earned him the player of the series award.

Pant has evolved exceptionally as a player and has become a consistent performer for India. He has played the game with all the freedom, and captain Rohit has also admitted that. The Indian skipper said that Pant has a different style of batting and the team intends to continue with that. The captain also said that Pant can change the game very quickly.

"His batting is his batting. We know how he bats and as a team, we just want to give him that freedom to bat in the way that he wants to bat. But also keeping in mind certain situations of the game, where the game is going, we have also conveyed that to him, but we want to stick with his game plan as a team. It just seems to get better and get better - his game plans," Hindustan Times quoted Rohit Sharma as saying.

"There will be times when you will smash your head and say 'why did he play that shot' but again we need to be ready to accept that with him when he bats. And he is somebody who can change the game in 40 minutes," he further added.

Apart from batting, the 24-year-old's wicketkeeping has also improved a lot in the past few years. He has worked a lot on his fitness, which has gotten him some good results.

"And the most significant factor of his in this series was his keeping. His keeping was best that I have seen. He kept well when England came last year and he seems to get better every time he keeps wickets for India, so that is something that I have been very impressed with. And also the DRS calls, he seems to be making the right calls. DRS, we all know - it's like a lottery," Rohit said.