Former India batsman VVS Laxman was all praise for Pant during the mid-innings show on host broadcaster Star Sports.
Rishabh Pant made a comeback to the one-day international set up on Friday when he was picked in the playing XI for the second ODI against England in Pune.
“Very impressive from Rishabh Pant and right from the word go. KL Rahul and Virat Kohli laid the foundation but the momentum had to be shifted and that was done by Rishabh Pant,” Laxman said.
Laxman praised Pant for the range of strokes he showcased and pointed out that he is no more a player who favoured hitting on the leg side.
“What I was most impressed with was his range of shots. In the past we have seen him favouring the on side but in this innings, and in the other two formats as well, that he has got a good range now. It’s very difficult for any bowler to bowl to Rishabh Pant.
“His partnership with KL and Hardik is the reason why India have got 336. Brilliant knock from someone who is playing his first ODI after so many months,” Laxman added.
India, however, ended up on the losing side despite posting a good total of 336 on board. The series is currently locked at 1-1 with the decider set to be played at the same venue on Sunday.
Report by Chetali S M
Reported on – 27/03/2021