In childhood, you must have heard the story of blind brothers and elephants. A brother who touches the tail has a different description, the one who touches the trunk has a different interpretation, and the one who touches the feet has a different story… each in his own way, his own point of view, his own way. Because no one can imagine a giant elephant as a whole. At present, seeing the Test career of 24-year-old Rishabh Pant, unintentionally, the story of those blind brothers and elephants gets refreshed in the mind.
Extreme carelessness on Pant’s ‘reckless’ approach
It’s not too late. Just an innings ago, the great Sunil Gavaskar blew up Pant during the live commentary. Pant (Rishabh Pant) played a shot in his familiar style and got out and what was then Gavaskar sahib got furious and said a lot about Pant’s ‘reckless’ approach. By the way, did you ever hear Gavaskar criticizing Sachin Tendulkar for his aggressive manner during his early days? Tendulkar’s name would have been the record for scoring the youngest century in Test cricket and had he not lost his composure on the ball of Danny Marison on the score of 88 runs. And against Rohit Sharma of Mumbai, Gavaskar sahib has rarely shown such generosity as he did against Pant.
Sun or shade, fire or rain, Pant has a unique style
Gavaskar is still Gavaskar and when he criticizes, the whole world takes that matter seriously. Especially in Test cricket, his criticisms are still given a lot of importance and perhaps this may have been the reason that when Virat Kohli came to the press conference before the Cape Town Test, he made a special mention of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s old advice to his young player. Wanted to message But, even Delhi’s Kohli probably forgets that Pant’s style, in which the whole world tries to find irresponsible attitude, is what sets him apart from others. Be it sun or shade, fire or rain, Pant’s unique style of play is what actually makes him the most dangerous batsman of this generation. As long as he stays at the crease, the opposing teams are often terrified of the fact that in one season this guy will turn the match around! Last year in Brisbane, this fear of kangaroos turned into confidence when this Delhi batsman played an unforgettable innings.
No wicket-keeper batsman from Asia has done this!
If you still feel like those critics that Pant’s century was a fluke, it was Cape Town’s century, then remember Indian history, then any wicket-keeper batsman from Asian cricket has won Australia, England and South Africa in his entire career. Did not score Test centuries on the ground. Pant did this only at the age of 24.
Where is the concern of killing the one who lives with the sword?
Yes, it is true that when Pant is out during the critical moments, there is a lot of annoyance, anger also comes (like Gavaskar) but it is said that those who live with the sword, where is the concern about cutting and dying. Is. Same is the case with Pant. When he walks, he just turns the match around. Virender Sehwag used to do this, he did not mind anyone following the same formula for more than 100 Test matches, but in Pant, we try to find a balanced attitude like Dhoni all the time. It was Dhoni who sacrificed his natural aggression keeping in mind the needs of the team, but due to this he was not even a cool Dhoni.
Pant is a bigger batsman than Dhoni in the red ball
Australia’s Adam Gilchrist has always been the biggest benchmark in Test cricket as a wicket-keeper batsman and he has also scored the highest 5570 runs. Dhoni also scored 4876 runs. Pant may not have been exceptionally successful like Gilchrist, but in such a short journey, he has proved that he is a bigger batsman than Dhoni in red ball cricket. And this is really a great achievement.
Pant is casual or casual, depends on your specs
Commenting for Super Sport, former South African legend Hashim Amla used the adjective of being casual for Pant. Amla very beautifully tried to tell legends like Gavaskar that it is not necessary to say that in Test cricket you should always look serious. Amla admitted that when Pant plays, the thrill is different during that time and his carelessness makes him unique. This carelessness is the identity of Pant and it may take some more time for not only Gavaskar but the whole world to accept this.
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