Sourav Ganguly heaps praise on Rishabh Pant, touts him to be an all-time great across all formats

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As Team India are playing the fourth and final Test against England in Ahmedabad, their wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant smashed a century and stopped everyone who once criticised the pitch. However, his maiden ton at home impressed many, including former India captain and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly as well.

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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

He was quite impressed by Rishabh Pant’s swashbuckling hundred on Day 2 of the fourth Test. Praising Pant for his brilliant knock, Ganguly predicted that he will be an ‘all-time great in all formats of the game’.

How good is he? Unbelievable..what a knock under pressure…not the first time and won’t be the last time..will be an all time great in all formats in the years to come.keep batting in this aggressive manner. thats why will be match winner and special,” Sourav Ganguly wrote on Twitter.

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Ganguly’s comments came after Pant smashed his Test hundred and helped his team reach a comfortable position at the end of Day 2 as the hosts managed to put up 294 for 7 at stumps, having a lead of 89 runs as well. Pant scored 101 off 118 balls which he did with much caution as well as aggression.

He came into bat at No.6 when India were in trouble. He took his time to settle down in the middle and played with patience. But once England took the second new ball, he didn’t wait at all and paced up his innings and he even took on England’s best Test bowler James Anderson.

Notably, he took only 33 deliveries to reach his second fifty and reached the three-mark figure with a maximum over mid-wicket off Joe Root’s off-spin as well. His ton comprised of 13 fours and two sixes before Anderson removed him when he was trying to pull and Root grabbed it at mid-wicket.

Prior to the game, England captain Joe Root commented on India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. He said that the youngster is an extraordinarily talented player but they need to dismiss him early in order to make sure a comfortable win.

Root told, “He (Pant) is a fine player and plays some extraordinary shots. He makes it very difficult for some bowlers to bowl at him. But more than anything, (it is on us as to) can we keep him quiet and can we make it difficult for him to really take us on and find ways of either getting him off the strike or get him out. Rishabh is extremely talented and he has got a great game but he will give you a chance and we just got to be ready to take that when it comes.”

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