Former India captain Virender Sehwag praised current goalkeeper batter Rishabh Pant and called him one of the greatest match winners in Test Cricket around the world. This came after his amazing counterattack in the second innings of the ongoing third test game in Cape Town.
After India had stopped South Africa’s first innings with 210 runs, with Jasprit Bumrah taking 5/42 and Keegan Petersen making a superb 72; it was all up to the Indian batters to do their job. However, the South African bowlers came to the party as it was at the second Test in Johannesburg and it started with the Indian openers not doing their job.
KL Rahul (10), Mayank Agarwal (7), Cheteshwar Pujara (9) and Ajinkya Rahane (1) failed to counter the Proteas bowlers including Kagiso Rabada, Marco Jansen and Lungi Ngidi.
Iss Ladke Ko Akele Chhod Do – Virender Sehwag in awe of Rishabh Pant punching
Then captain Virat Kohli and goalkeeper batter Rishabh Pant came together for 94 runs for the fifth wicket from India, 58/4. With Kohli holding one end at anchor, Pant went after the bowling in his own way and led a brilliant counterattack. Pant defeated both Keshav Maharaj and fast bowlers, making his way to 50 in just 58 balls.
He then developed a fondness for the spinner’s left arm and hit him two sixes, with one swiping one hand over the side of the leg and another coming off the track and hitting him over the head. Kohli looked good and made an error of judgment and went for a ball outside the stump and was caught from behind by Kyle Verreynne for 29 in 143 balls, while Pant was on 71.
His brilliant counterattack led to former India captain Virender Sehwag calling him one of the best hitters in test cricket around the world and asking critics to leave him alone and let him hit his way.
“Is ladke ko free hi chhod do. One of the biggest match winners in Test Cricket around the world #RishabhPant,” Sehwag tweeted.
Is ladke ko free hi chhod do. One of the biggest match winners in Test Cricket around the world #RishabPant
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 13, 2022
Rishabh Pant had been widely criticized for his poor dismissal in previous Test matches, including one where he went on to knock Rabada out of the ground as India stared at a low score and went out for a duck. From there to here, only Pant can fire at either end of the spectrum.