Indian wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik has heaped praises on fellow teammate Rishabh Pant for his recent heroics in international cricket. He feels Pant has the ability to send the fear among the opponents with his batting.
Pant has impressed the world with his batting display this year. He was the chief architect of India’s historic Test series win in Australia earlier this year. These performances have earned him a permanent place in India’s playing XI.
Karthik praised Pant while saying he has the ability to play 100 Test matches.
“I think, in the short while that Rishabh has been around, he has put up some fabulous performances, he has played in some real high-pressure games. Be it the World Cup final, be it the IPL final and the beauty is he has done well in a lot of these games, personally. I think he is someone who is always up for the challenge, in the IPL final he got a fifty,” said Karthik in an exclusive interview with Sports Today.
“I remember, a couple of years ago, he won a game single-handedly for Delhi Capitals, I think it was the eliminator. In these crunch games, he has always found ways to get runs. That shows his ability to handle pressure. He really thrives under pressure. He played some fabulous innings for India in the last couple of series against Australia and England.”
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“I have no doubt that he will be an integral part of Indian cricket and be one of those who is going to play 100 Tests And a lot of white-ball cricket for India as well.”
Karthik feels Pant’s audacity of playing fearless shots can send the fear in the opposition’s camp.
“He has got a terrific head on his shoulders. I think with the limited technical skill he has, he gets a lot of runs. He optimises, he instils fear in the opposition because of the audacious shots he plays and they end up spreading the field but still, he ends up scoring runs, be it the red-ball or white-ball format,” he further quoted.
“He is a very special player. He is somebody who is going constantly help Indian cricket move on to greater heights.”
Rishabh Pant will be in action during the upcoming World Test Championship Final against New Zealand, scheduled to take place in Southampton’s Ageas Bowl Stadium from June 18.