The young wicket keeper Batsman crushed a potentially victorious hundred in testing conditions as he helped his team steer through troubled waters and get them into a dominant position at Motera Stadium.
Pant hit 101 of 118 balls for his third Test hundred and first on Indian soil, helping the hosts take a formidable lead in the first innings after the hosts got into trouble in response to England’s 205 at 146 for six.
Ganguly – who is also President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) – wrote on his Twitter handle: “How good is he? Unbelievable . what a punch under pressure . not the first time and has won. ” It won’t be the last . will be an all-time great in all formats for years to come. Keep hitting this aggressive way. That’s why you become a match winner and special. “
How good he is Unbelievable . what a punch under pressure . not the first time and not the last time . will be a great time his Match Match Winner and Special in all formats in the years to come @bcci @ RishabhPant17 pic.twitter.com/1cRmnSw5ZB
– Sourav Ganguly (@ SGanguly99) March 5, 2021
Pant, who not long ago lost his place in the XI in all three formats, has made an outstanding comeback that began with the test series in Australia, in which his punches were the cornerstone of India’s historic triumph.
Due to his strong performances down under and in the current series against England, he is also back in the Indian White Ball squad. Pant went into the middle when India’s batsmen were choked for runs on a difficult route.
The 23-year-old showed a tremendous amount of gameplay to take his time first before undertaking a well-worn assault on the cleaners. He finished his hundred with a bold six in front of Dom Bess, reminiscent of the fearless approach that was once the hallmark of Virender Sehwag’s batting.
But his setback against James Anderson has been hailed by several experts as Shot of the Year 2021 for his sheer audacity to take action against the formidable sailor to attempt such a shot.
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