IND vs ENG: Ravi Shastri lavishes praise on ‘magnificent’ Rishabh Pant after Ahmedabad heroics

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Rishabh Pant
Cricket - England v India - Fifth Test - Kia Oval, London, Britain - September 11, 2018 India's Rishabh Pant celebrates his century Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
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India’s young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been in a formidable form in recent times. He came in the squad during the Australia series and since then, he has been doing wonders. He performed beautifully against England in the last Test of the recently-concluded four-match series as India beat them by an innings and 25 runs.

Rishabh Pant
Cricket – England v India – Fifth Test – Kia Oval, London, Britain – September 11, 2018 India’s Rishabh Pant celebrates his century Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

With his maiden century at home (101 runs), Pant was one of the key players for India as they reached the final of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship where they will play against New Zealand. However, his past form took him under the scanner many times. But while speaking about Pant, India’s head coach Ravi Shastri shared that the team-management was a bit harsh on him as they asked him to focus on his skillset and fitness as well.

“Rishabh Pant has been simply magnificent. We were hard on him. Nothing comes easy. He was told in no uncertain terms that he has got to respect the game a little more. He’s got to lose a bit of weight and work hard on his keeping” said Ravi Shastri in the post-series presentation.

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“We know the talent he has and he has responded. He has worked like hell for the last few months and the results are here to see. Yesterday’s innings were the best counterattacking innings I have seen in India. It was a two-phase inning. He built a partnership with Rohit playing against his nature – to do that is not easy – and to turn it on after 50. Keeping has been magnificent and Washi was outstanding too,” he further added.

However, along with Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar also played a key role in India’s victory in the series during the last Test as he played a very crucial knock of 96 runs along with Pant and stitched a stable 113-run partnership for the seventh wicket as well.

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