UPDATED: March 30, 2021 15:30 IST
Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has praised the India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and said that he was the difference between the two teams in the recently concluded ODI series between India and England.
Pant has been in incredible form in the last couple of months and has gone on to do well against Australia and England.
In the ODI series against England, Pant scored 155 runs in two innings at a strike-rate of 152. He hit a quick-fire 77 off 40 balls in the second match and followed it up with a 78 off 62 in the series-decider.
Each time he came in when India needed to up their scoring rate and delivered. He hit a total of 11 maximums the most by an Indian batsman in the ODI series and 8 boundaries.
“What a player he is. After a long time, I’ve seen such a player who plays much better than you think of a player how he should be. I’ve been following him since the India tour of Australia. He doesn’t seem like playing under pressure.
“Even in Australia, when all the seniors were out with injuries, his effortless batting at the middle-order made it look as if India haven’t lost any wicket or they aren’t playing on Australian soil.
“Earlier, players used to struggle while playing Down Under but Pant is not bothered at all. Earlier in the 70’s era, Vivian Richards used to be the difference between West Indies and any other side. Similarly, Pant was the difference between India and England,” Inzamam said in a video uploaded on his Youtube channel.
Smart move by Kohli to promote Pant to No. 4, says Inzamam
On Sunday, after India lost three quick wickets in the middle overs, Pant absorbed the pressure and rebuilt the innings with all-rounder Hardik Pandya.
“It wasn’t an easy wicket to score against spinners as we all saw Virat Kohli getting bowled by Moeen Ali. But Pant once again played a fine knock and scored 74 runs (78) in 62 balls, at a strike rate of more than 100. No other batter has a strike rate of more than 100.
“It was a smart move by Virat that he promoted Pant up the order. India lost three senior players Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, and the pressure was mounted on India. But Pant played an important role in releasing the pressure,” Inzamam added.