Sanjay Manjrekar applauds Rishabh Pant’s knock in IND-BAN T20 WC warm-up
By SMCS - Jun 2, 2024 10:27 am
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Veteran commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has applauded Rishabh Pant for playing an excellent knock in tough conditions in India’s 2024 T20 World Cup warm-up game against Bangladesh in New York on Saturday as well. He shared that Pant proved his indifferent overall record in
T20Is also. Pant scored 53 runs off 32 deliveries as India set a 183-run target and then restricted the opponents to 122/9 to register a 60-
run win.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant

Reviewing the game on Star Sports, Manjrekar said, “The pitch was slightly difficult when he came to bat. We saw Sanju Samson getting out after scoring only one run off six balls. After that, he (Pant) came and his specialty is that he is extremely street-smart and assesses very quickly what needs to be done. He is a batter who scored runs at a strike rate of almost 200 on a difficult pitch. This is Rishabh Pant’s specialty. His record in T20Is is very ordinary, an average close to 20 and a strike rate of 120 or lower, but we saw today what this guy can do.”

However, Rishabh Pant has scored 987 runs at an average of 22.43 and a strike rate of 126.37 in 66 T20Is as well. He has scored only three fifties in 56 games as well.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant played a captain’s knock

“Everyone will talk about the four fours and four sixes he hit but he scored only one run off his first six or seven deliveries. So the best thing was that he gave himself time, especially against the spinners. We have the notion that he plays a lot of shots against spinners. Actually, his best shots are against the pacers and he gets out many times against spinners. Today he batted well against both pacers and spinners. So I feel a stability has come into his mind considering the way he batted,” he stated.