‘Rishabh Pant takes bit too much risk but it’s his strength’: Aakash Chopra

It seems like Rishabh Pant is taking a little chance by playing shots in the air but whenever he hits the ball in the air, the ball lands in the stands: Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra and Rishabh Pant
Aakash Chopra and Rishabh Pant

Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant made a brilliant comeback in international cricket since the Test series against Australia. He continued with his performance during the tour of England as well where he emerged as one of the top run-getters for the hosts. 

Recently, Pant scored 155 runs in two innings at a staggering strike-rate of 152 during the last two ODIs. He also smashed a total of 11 maximums – the most by an Indian batsman in the series – and eight boundaries. Former India cricketer and current commentator Aakash Chopra called Rishabh Pant a ‘special player’ despite him taking several chances. 

“He plays in this fashion and will continue doing so. We all feel that he takes a bit too much risk but that is his strength and style of play and if you stick to that and despite that, if you are consistent, it means you are a special player,” said Chopra.

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“We say the same thing about AB de Villiers and used to say about Adam Gilchrist. We are saying the same thing about Rishabh Pant. It seems like he is taking a little chance by playing shots in the air but whenever he hits the ball in the air, the ball lands in the stands,” he added.

‘Pant is is batting extremely well’: Aakash Chopra

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant

Chopra said that Rishabh Pant might not have scored a hundred in ODIs yet, but is batting at the top of his game. He further mentioned that the southpaw came out to bat in a tough situation during the ultimate game where wickets kept falling at the other end.

“India promoted him in the batting order. He was coming at No.5 but was sent at No.4 today so that the left-right combination could be maintained. Wickets had fallen one after the other, three of them had fallen together,” Chopra said.

“He got out to a good ball, it was very full and he was probably not ready for that, Jos Buttler took a very good catch. But the destructive way he was batting, I was expecting a century and India would have reached 370 in that case. Unfortunately, he got out. We keep waiting for a century but he is batting extremely well,” he concluded.

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