The Indian wicket-keeper batter, Rishabh Pant showed enormous audacity as he plays reverse sweep one of the best fast bowlers in the world, his confidence in completing a century with a couple of big hits after entering the 90s may give an impression of a complex individual who deals with situations with his own methods but the reality is slightly different. While the second part about having his own way holds true, complexity is the last thing that can be associated with Rishabh Pant.
In the rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham against England, the Indian wicket-keeper, Rishabh Pant played a record-breaking knock of 146 off 111 balls to give England a taste of their own medicine.
After the close of play, Rishabh a Pant was asked by an English journalist whether he swapped positions with Shreyas Iyer and walked out to bat at number five to which Pant had a one-word answer. Reporter asked: “Were you originally coming in at six and did you swap positions with Shreyas Iyer?”, Rishah Pant replied: “No”, Reporter further enquired: “You were always coming at five?” Pant replied: “Yeah, I was always coming at five”.
At 98 for five, Pant along with Ravindra Jadeja (104 off 194) scripted a remarkable turnaround in the company of as the duo shared a match-changing 222-run standoff 239 balls. Pant, who rendered the England bowlers helpless, hammered 19 boundaries and four sixes, in his awe-inspiring effort.
Talking about his knock, Rishabh Pant said, “I was just focussing on the ball. Yes, the pressure was there because when you lose 3-4 wickets early on. You’ve got to build a partnership but at the same time, if you focus on the result, you might not get the result. I tried to focus process which gives me results most of the time. As a player, I try not to think about what the opposition wants to do. It’s more about what I want to do and reding the game situation.”