Former English skipper, Michael Vaughan was of the opinion that the young Indian wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant has the ability to win games with the help of complete domination over opposition bowling attacks while batting at No. 6 for India in Test cricket. Vaughan also compared Pant’s big-hitting ability to that of former opener Virender Sehwag. Vaughan also feels that the youngster has been making mistakes, but he will also be able to win matches for Team India.
Rishabh Pant played two “career-defining” knocks against Australia during the recently concluded 4-match Test series which India won by the 2-1 margin. Pant played a flamboyant knock of 97 in the 3rd Test in Sydney. In the 4th and final Test in Brisbane, Pant played an unbeaten knock of 89 as India became the first side since Sir Vivian Richards’ West Indies to beat Australia at the Gabba in Test since 1988-89.
Talking about the same during a chat on Sky Sports, Michael Vaughan said, “Sehwag put the fear into opposing bowlers and Pant has the same ability at six to do the same. He will make mistakes and get out for low scores at times but he will also win so many games.”
Rishabh Pant will be expected to do well in the upcoming 4-Test series against England starting Friday, February 5 in Chennai. Meanwhile, Vaughan said he finds Pant along with England all-rounder Ben Stokes as one of the most enjoyable cricketers to watch, saying the Indian youngster can cause trouble to opposition if his dominating style of playing the sport.
Elaborating the same, Vaughan said, “He is up there with Ben Stokes as the most enjoyable cricketers to watch. When Pant goes out to bat, I watch. I would not want to be next in because you know things will happen. But if he continues to play the game with the joy and energy he has at the moment as if he is still an 11-year-old then he will pose so many challenges to the opposing team.”