Indian cricket team’s head coach Ravi Shastri disclosed a talk he had with wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant during India’s home series against England last year, which provided the player new perspective. When Pant played those two historic innings in Australia and then played superbly against England at home, Shastri was in charge of the Indian squad. With the aid of 19 fours and 4 sixes, Pant once more played a quickfire inning in the Edgbaston Test, scoring 146 runs in just 111 balls.
Allow me to say that Pant has developed into a very different kind of Test batsman over the past few years, doing things that are not typical of a Test player. Pant’s fearless mentality, which includes destroying elite bowlers, did not develop overnight and Pant was not always that way. In actuality, Pant was turned into a feared batsman by Ravi Shastri.
Former Team India coach Ravi Shastri stated on Sky Sports, “When we spoke last year, I told Pant, “I’m getting tired of watching you throw wickets in the same technique every time. Don’t you get tired of it, too?” Why don’t you try a different shot that is more ruthless, like a reverse sweep? I then noticed the radiance in his eyes. The abilities of a player must be supported at all times.
Rishabh Pant began making such kinds of shots shortly after this chat. In the Ahmedabad Test, Shastri claimed Pant reverse-swept James Anderson off the second new ball and then struck Jofra Archer in the white-ball series. Shastri remarked, “Off just two balls from Jack Leach, he twice smacked a reverse sweep. He replicated his actions against Anderson in the ensuing Test. In the limited-overs series, you hit a reverse sweep to Jofra Archer.
When Pant achieved his fifth Test century against England in the pivotal series match on Friday in Birmingham, his batting once more displayed the same mindset. Pant became the first Indian wicketkeeper-batsman to reach a Test century in less than 90 balls by scoring a century off just 89 deliveries. India gained ground with to Pant’s innings despite losing 5 wickets for 98 runs. With Ravindra Jadeja in this situation, Pant added more than 200 runs.