Rishabh Pant

Harbhajan Singh applauds Rishabh Pant for his reverse-sweep against James Anderson

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India’s Rishabh Pant has been in a formidable form in recent time. He slammed his maiden ton at home on Day 2 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad against England. India were struggling at 80/4 when Pant came in the middle. But he didn’t take any risk and played quite cautiously.

While he took time to settle in the middle at first, his second fifty came so quick and Rishabh Pant ensured that India take the lead in the first innings as well. However, more than his century, his one-shot got the cricket world talking. In the first ball of the 83rd over of India’s innings, he played the reverse sweep off veteran England pace bowler James Anderson that flew over the slips and to the boundary.

While everyone was surprised after seeing the shot as he played against one of the greats of the longer format – James Anderson, veteran India spinner Harbhajan Singh praised the young Pant for the shot as well.

“You need guts to play a shot like that” – Harbhajan Singh

“Credit to him. You need guts to play a shot like that. This shot will remain in Jimmy Anderson’s mind for a long time. When he retires and thinks about the best shots that have been played against him, this shot will cause him pain because it is a question of ego that a small kid played a reverse sweep against such a big bowler,” Harbhajan Singh said during a discussion on Star Sports.

The spin bowling legend also said that Rishabh Pant has become a totally different player ever since he got the chance during the tour of Australia.

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“Rishabh Pant’s innings was absolutely phenomenal. Since the time he has come back from Australia, the runs he has scored there, he is a totally different player. He is taking the responsibility on his shoulder and got a great understanding of his game and is playing according to the demands of the situation,” said Singh.

“His natural game is that of a stroke-player who can demolish any bowler but he showed today that if it is not required, you also need to know how to defend. He generally plays the big shots against the spinners but he gave himself the time to settle as the team needed him to play cautiously and build a partnership,” he concluded.

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