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Rishabh Pant is a fine player and plays some extraordinary shots: Joe Root

February 24, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

England skipper Joe Root praised Rishabh Pant and said that the Indian wicket-keeper batsman plays incredible shots. Rishabh Pant played a crucial role in India’s success in the most extended format and has also brushed up his glovework. Joe Root tagged Pant as a game-changer and mentioned that the team needs to dismiss him as early as possible. The wicket-keeper batsman has been in great form recently, and with his audacious batting, he can turn around the outcome of a match.

Rishabh Pant carried his great from Australia’s tour to the home series against England. The young batsman played a couple of counter-attacking innings. He smashed 91 runs in the first innings of the opening Test and scored another essential half-century in the second. It helped the Indian team set a massive target that proved a bridge too far for England and led India to victory. Pant’s performance behind the stumps was also an impressive one. The wicket-keeper batsman kept expertly to Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Axar Patel. The 23-year old also took two excellent catches off Mohammed Siraj’s and Ishant Sharma’s bowling in the second Test. Hence, the southpaw has now fixed his spot in the Indian Test team.

Stuart Broad and James Anderson to play the third match against India

Joe Root stated that Rishabh Pant is a great player and his shots make it challenging to bowl at him. The Yorkshire batsman believes that England will have to find ways of either getting him off the strike or get him out.

Both teams are getting ready to battle it out in the day-night Test at the newly-built Motera Stadium. England decided to keep either James Anderson or Stuart Broad in the playing XI. Anderson played the first game in the on-going series, while Broad found a spot in the second game. When asked if there is any chance of them playing together in the third Test, Root indicated that the two-seamers would play in Ahmedabad. The England skipper also mentioned that it is a massive headache for the team management to pick the team when everyone lives up to the expectations. However, at last, they have somehow managed to pick a team that can best suit the conditions.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth