When the Indian cricket board management released the team list for the first three Tests to be played against England, there were a few changes but it was the addition of Rishabh Pant which created a lot of buzz.
Cricket news: The youngster has been added to the Test squad against England
Pant had played just a few T20 games for the national side and has been quite impressive in the IPL tournament for his franchise Delhi Daredevils. After then he had performed brilliantly for the India ‘A’ side as well.
The coach of the India ‘A’ team, Rahul Dravid, spoke highly of the 20-year-old player and said that he was talented and has the ability to read the situation well. He also said that the youngster had shown his mettle while batting in three or four innings.
“Rishabh was quite excellent on the tour. He is obviously a very talented player. He showed in three or four innings that he was willing to bat differently. We all know the way he bats. Even in the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy season when he got over to 900 runs his S/R was 100 plus and we have seen him bat similarly in the IPL as well,” said Dravid
“On this trip, we challenged him a lot to bat according to the situation. He got a critical 64 (not out) in the one-day final when he was the last recognized batsman and also against West Indies A when he put on a 100-run partnership with Jayant Yadav.”
Dravid also said that Pant has a tremendous temperament and can bat in any situation his team wants. He can also perform well when the odds are not in his favour.
“He showed that he could bat differently. He has the temperament and skills to bat differently. He is always going to be an attacking player but reading of the situation when you are playing red ball cricket is required. We are glad he has been picked in the national team and I hope he takes this maturity into the national team and hopefully builds from thereon,” he concluded.