WestIndies Legend and batting stalwart Brian Lara heaped huge praises on Indian and DC Wicket-keeper batsmen Rishabh Pant. Lara is very impressed with Rishabh Pant much improved off-side play.
The DC batsman has notched up 171 runs in five games so far with a strike-rate of nearly 140. Brian Lara said that he believes this will add dimension to his game by making him a much more well-rounded batsman in days to come.
Pant is a major asset for the Delhi Capitals batsmen and he realised that in order to be successful in the long run he not only has to be good only on-side but has to develop his off-side game as well.
“He (Pant) is a major asset for the Delhi Capitals, but today he has also vastly improved his game. I am talking about his batting and the improvements he made in that department,” Lara said on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Live’.
“On what (when he first came to scene) immediately was noticeable was his propensity to try and get everything to the leg-side. Also, look at his run (earlier) scoring chart(s) and that’s quite a proof of that fascination he had with the on-side.
“I think he has come to realise that this is not working and he went away and worked on improving his off-side play,” said Lara who has the highest score to his name in test match.
Pant has the ability to score runs all round the park- Lara
Lara further discussed about his ability to score runs all over the ground. He is looking dangerous and that’s worry sign for the bowlers.
“Now look at the changes he made. Now, he has the ability to score runs on all parts of the ground. His scoring charts are looking impressive, and yes, more worry for the bowlers,” said the elegant former West Indies left-hander.
Lara further added that he is looking well-balanced now and this improvement in his batting will help him to make a mark in international cricket.
“He is now very well-balanced and he is looking to score in key areas that he is not accustomed to scoring – over extra cover, over point, in front of the point and his balance and his weight is staying there, he is not falling over to the off-side to create shots on the leg side.
“That is a vast improvement that he has made, which obviously going to help his all-round batting. I believe, this young lad has a long-long way to go,” concluded Lara