Lahore: Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq praised India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant for his game-changing batting displays in Test cricket.
Pant has scored match-winning knocks for India in pressure situations. In the fourth Test against England, Pant scored a crucial 101-run knock helping India to a huge victory.
Inzamam likened Pant to Virender Sehwag bat, only pointing that the former is left-handed.
“Rishabh Pant, absolutely brilliant. After a long time, I have seen a player on whom pressure seems to have no effect. Even if six wickets are down at 146, the way he starts his innings, no one does.
“He plays his strokes, irrespective of the pitch or how many runs the other team has scored. He is equally good against spinners and fast bowlers. I thoroughly enjoy watching him. It’s like watching Sehwag bat left-handed,” Inzamam said on his YouTube channel.
Inzi said that Pant has a bold approach just like Sehwag did and it doesn’t matter to him how the pitch behaved.
“I have played with Sehwag and he too didn’t bother about other factors. When he used to bat, it didn’t matter to him how the pitch behaved or what kind of bowling attack the opponent had. He just had to play his strokes, even if the fielders were on the boundary. After Sehwag, I have seen such a player, for whom nothing else matters,” Inzamam added.
“Ever since I’ve noted, it’s not that he’s only doing it in India, he did it in Australia too. He didn’t get to score centuries because he plays at his own pace.
“After a long time, I have seen such a player. India had Sachin, Dravid now they have Virat and Rohit. But the way he plays, it’s amazing. The kind of self-confidence he has is surprising. I haven’t come across a player like him in cricket,” Inzamam further said.