Sunil Gavaskar draws Rishabh Pant's parallel with Adam Gilchrist

Sunil Gavaskar draws Rishabh Pant’s parallel with Adam Gilchrist

"He is such a fine player."

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Uttarakhand-born Rishabh Pant is currently playing in India’s two-match Test series against Jason Holder’s Windies. In the first Test in Rajkot, the left-hander scored 92 and was dismissed by Devendra Bishoo. The left-hander carried over his form in the second Test in Hyderabad as well, scoring another 92 before getting out to fast bowler Shannon Gabriel in the 87th over.

Albeit the southpaw tantalisingly fell short of scoring centuries on consecutive instances, former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar was awestruck by the way he has wielded his magic with the willow thus far in his short Test career. The 69-year-old event went on to compare him with retired Australian keeper Adam Gilchrist and said that the youngster has a wise head on his shoulders.

I’m very, very impressed with Pant’s approach to the task

“The way Pant batted it looked like he was celebrating something. He is such a fine player. We all know the type of shots he possesses but like you said, towards the end of day’s play, there would have been a temptation to go for the big shots and go for the hundred.

But I think he recognises along with Rahane…very wise head at the other end that India needs a very big lead and not just individual honours. So, he is egging Pant to carry on and I’m very, very impressed with Pant’s approach to the task,” Gavaskar was quoted as saying in India Today.

“At no.6 if you have somebody coming in like that…it is almost like Adam Gilchrist. Gilchrist used to come in when Australia were in the doldrums with four wickets down and not too many runs on the board and he would hit a blazing hundred and take Australia to 350-400 and I think that is what Pant is capable of,” he added.

Pant has made an impressive start to his Test career. In his second ball of the debut match against England, he smashed Adil Rashid into the stands to open his account in the format. Thereafter, the 21-year-old racked up his maiden century in the final Test at Kennington Oval in London. The pugnacious potential has now been picked to play the ODI series against Windies, starting October 21 in Guwahati.

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