IND v ENG: Rishabh Pant scored a match-defining century in India’s first innings.© BCCI
India coach Ravi Shastri said on Saturday that Rishabh Pant’s century against England was the best in the fourth Test match at Ahmedabad, which he saw by the number six Indian batsman at home ground. Pant, in an innings that was the right mix of caution and aggression, hit 101 off just 118 balls, in which India played an important role and scored 25 runs to close the series 3–1 on Saturday. Played the innings.
Talking highly of Pant, Shastri said that the stopper’s hard work is now showing results.
Shastri said, “He has acted like hell in the last three or four months and the results are showing. Yesterday’s innings is the best counter-attack innings I have seen in India by an Indian, especially at number six when the ball turned. “Shastri said after India’s emphatic win in the fourth Test.
“We were hard at it. Nothing is easy and he was told without any uncertain words that he had to respect the game a little more. He got to lose his weight and work hard.
“We know how much talent he has. He is a real match winner and has responded.”
Shastri underlined the adjustments Pant had to make in his batting when he was playing alongside Rohit Sharma, the two partnered.
He said, “It was a two-stage innings. He formed a partnership with Rohit playing against his nature – it’s not easy to do that – and turning it on after 50. It was fantastic.”
Pant’s ability was never in doubt, but he struggled to do justice to his talent, often inviting criticism for his poor work behind wickets and average batting performance.
However, the Australia tour changed everything for him as he played the match-winning knock in India’s historic win. Since then he has only grown in confidence.
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