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Rishabh Pant played one of the most remarkable innings: Michael Hussey

February 1, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

Michael Hussey has described Rishabh Pant's brilliant knock of 89 runs against Australia as one of the most incredible innings. The legendary Australian cricketer complimented both Shubman Gill and Pant for their fantastic performance with Brisbane's willow. Rishabh Pant faced criticism before the final match because of his keeping skills and his inconsistency with the bat. However, the dynamic young batsman performed when the team needed him to. The Delhite proved everyone why he is considered a match-winner.

Michael Hussey represented Australia in all the formats from 2004 to 2013. The southpaw acquired the nickname "Mr. Cricket" for his complete knowledge about the game. Hussey made his ODI and Test debut at 28 and 30 in the respective formats. He has scored 11677 runs in both formats.

Many cricket pundits predicted that team India would not win the series. However, the "Men in Blue" gave a great reply by sealing the series 2-1. India's star performer Rishabh Pant played two crucial knocks for India in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Pant's 97 runs in the fourth innings at Sydney ensured the hosts would get an opportunity in the series decider. In the final clash, India had a target of 328-run to chase. The visitors got a great start as Shubman Gill provided a solid knock of 92 runs. Later, it was the young wicket-keeper batsman to steal the limelight with a match-winning knock in Brisbane.

Cheteshwar Pujara role in the match was important in Shubman Gill and Rishabh Pant's success: Michael Hussey

Rishabh Pant scripted a unique record of scoring 25+ runs in 9 consecutive Test innings in Australia. The batsman surpassed England's Wally Hammond, India's Rusi Surti, and former West Indies captain Vivian Richards record. With the scores of 25 28 36 30 39 33 159* 29, 36 and 97, Pant has now scored 25 plus runs in ten consecutive matches. The wicket-keeper featured in all the Tests in India's victorious campaign down under in the 2018-19 series. The 23-year-old has also accomplished 400 runs in Test cricket in Australia.

Hussey further described how Cheteshwar Pujara role in the match was important in Shubman Gill and Rishabh Pant's success. The young Indian batsmen played vital functions, but Cheteshwar Pujara's 56 was also quite valuable. The Test specialist distressed the Australian bowlers with his defensive batting. Pujara faced 211 balls in the fourth innings and scored runs at a strike rate of 26.54.

The Indian cricket team will next play against England in a four-match home series. The first Test encounter between the two teams will start from 5th February in Chennai. 

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Written By,

Ankit Seth