Paul Collingwood Praises Rishabh Pant For Playing The ‘Bazball’
By CricShots - Jul 2, 2022 2:42 pm
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Former England skipper, Paul Collingwood called upon the words of Test coach Brendon McCullum at the end of the first day of the fifth Test match between India and England, stating that the crucial knock of Rishabh Pant for Test cricket to survive. He rescued India from a peculiar situation of 98/5 and took them to a dominant position at the end of day’s play, scoring an exceptional counter-attacking 146 off 111 balls. Pant combined with Ravindra Jadeja for the sixth wicket and hit 222 runs.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant played a brilliant knock in Edgbaston

After the end of the day’s play, Paul Collingwood said, “[McCullum] said right from the start about the bigger picture of Test cricket and that for it to survive, we’ve got to make it much more entertaining, and today’s cricket was entertaining. There were wickets, there were runs, and there were great catches. When you’re watching someone as entertaining as Pant, you’ve got to applaud an innings like that.”

He further added, “I take my hat off to the way that Pant played. When you play against world-class players, they can do world-class things. And today he had his day.”

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The T20 World Cup-winning player said that batsmen should be fairly excited to bat on such a track and it will be a great result if England restricts India below the score of 370.

Paul Collingwood said, “I don’t feel as if our backs were against the wall for too long. I think the batsmen should be excited about batting on that wicket. It will be a great result if we keep them down to 360, 370.”

Paul Collingwood
Paul Collingwood

Collingwood compared Pant’s approach to England’s ‘Bazball’, a term coined after Brendon McCullum’s style of aggressive cricket, something that England has adapted in the summer.

Explaining the same, Paul Collingswood said, “Pant came out to play a bit of Bazball, as everyone keeps calling it. When you have a bit of moisture in the pitch early on, you have a chance to take early wickets, which is what we did. We’re going against the grain of much of the cricket that’s been played over the last 100 years We are trying to play as positive as possible and play entertaining cricket. Ben [Stokes] is not going to take a backwards step.”

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India will be commencing Day 2 at 338/7 with Ravindra Jadeja at the crease, batting at 83*. He will hope to complete his century after a hard day’s toil and hopefully take India over 400.