Former India player turned famous commentator Aakash Chopra has said that wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant will have to be at his best for Team India in the second Test against England. The visitors put up 276/3 at stumps on the first day of the Lord’s Test. Centurion KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane were unbeaten, with Pant and Ravindra Jadeja slated to come in next as well.
While previewing the second day’s game in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra said: “Whatever has happened is gone, I feel Rishabh Pant will have to show his destructive form if India has to gain greater control. The situation in which England is there now, the second new ball has become slightly old and the pitch is also looking flat and most of the bowlers would have bowled quite a few overs by the time he comes to bat. We are seeing a full-house crowd, it will be a Friday and the heat of the contest will go up. I think it is going to be Rishabh Pant.”
Rishabh Pant is known for his attacking batting to the opposition bowlers even in the longest format of the game too. He will hope that KL Rahul and Rahane can build a good foundation on the second day and help India put up a massive total as well. On the other side, Aakash Chopra also opened up about the tailenders which might fall like a pack of cards in front of England bowlers.
“I have expectations of runs from Rishabh Pant and Jaddu but I also feel that the No.8 to No.11 can get dismissed for 25-30 runs. Once one out of Rishabh Pant or Jaddu gets out, the rest will fall in a jiffy. Mark Wood can come there and hit your stumps because he has quite a lot of pace,” Aakash Chopra concluded.