Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been in a sublime form.
Pant has been enjoying immense success ever since his return to the Indian squad during the Australia tour last year. In the recently-concluded three-match ODI series, Pant played two important knocks in the last two matches where he smashed 77 off 40 and a 68-ball 72 as well.
He stitched a 99-run stand in just 70 balls along with Hardik Pandya which steadied the ship in the third ODI in Pune after a few early dismissals. While his stunning performances impressed everyone, former England cricketer Michael Vaughan was no different who applauded Rishabh Pant.
Notably, Pant top-scored for India in the 3rd ODI and the veteran said that Rishabh Pant is a ‘freak’ in nature.
“I will be honest with you. I think he is just a freak. He just does things his way. I would not suggest many to try and play the way Rishabh Pant does, because he is so unique,” Vaughan shared on Cricbuzz.
“He is so unique” – Michael Vaughan on Rishabh Pant
“One thing I would say to the youngsters watching Rishabh Pant is just his mindset. He looks so relaxed. When he goes out, and the pressure was on, he just looks like he is playing in the park. He is not playing for India, he is just playing cricket which he has played for many, many years. Be it U11s, U15s, U19s, and now the national team – it’s just a game of cricket for him. And that’s such a refreshing attitude and it’s very difficult to have that attitude,” he again added.
“I would tell youngsters that it is difficult to copy his technique, but you can certainly copy his mindset. He just looks like he is enjoying batting. He just looks like he is having a bit of fun. He backs himself, he is confident obviously. And with this unique technique, he is so difficult to bowl to. When he starts flicking in, not moving his feet, he generally goes against everything coaching tells you to do, he does the opposite, but it works. He is brilliant,” he concluded.