India vs Australia: ‘Rishabh Pant reminds me of Adam Gilchrist,’ says Glenn McGrath


India vs Australia: ‘Rishabh Pant reminds me of Adam Gilchrist,’ says Glenn McGrath

Glenn McGrath and Rishabh Pant

Glenn McGrath and Rishabh Pant
Glenn McGrath and Rishabh Pant

Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant looked impressive during his quick knock of 29 during the Boxing Day Test against Australia. However, he could not convert this into a big inning as Mitchell Starc claimed his wicket.

Former Aussie speedster Glenn McGrath was impressed by the youngster. While hailing his aggressive playing style, McGarth said that Pant reminds him of Adam Gilchrist.  

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“Rishabh Pant reminds me of Adam Gilchrist as he plays. Always playing shots and is never afraid to play any shot. If you see them at the crease, they always keep doing something,” McGrath said on the Sony Sports Network.

‘Pant unnecessarily cops criticism in Test cricket’ – Ajit Agarkar

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant

Former Indian all-rounder Ajit Agarkar also agreed to what McGrath said during that show. He also stated that Pant has worked on his game at the sixth position but people unnecessarily criticise the southpaw, especially in Test cricket. Agarkar reckoned that Pant is still a youngster and has the much-needed potential.

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“Glenn just said that he is a bit like Adam Gilchrist. So, if he’s got that X-factor why would you not have him in the team. Okay, in this game he’s batted at No. 6 so you’ll always get that from Rishabh Pant. There was bounce on that ball… it was close for him to cut. But you could see how much he’s worked on a pitch against a bowler whom players have to work hard against,” Agarkar said.

“That’s that added responsibility. Perhaps he’s not done much till now. India usually play six batters but he unnecessarily cops criticism especially in Test cricket. You see how he’s played in Test cricket,” Agarkar pointed out.

“He’s a young player. When you have that sort of ability and potential in someone, might as well back him as much as you can. There will be few mistakes along the way but you’ve got to take it because he’ll win you a few games along the way as well.”

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