Nasser Hussain recently talked about the importance of Rishabh Pant and his tenacity, comparing his mindset with England international Ben Stokes. On the third day of the Chennai Test, Pant 91 runs off just 88 balls in Chennai. In a disappointing batting performance, Pant formed excellent partnerships with Pujara and Washington Sundar.
His flamboyant batting display where he hit sixes and boundaries for fun even when others around him seemed to struggled provided for much entertainment. On the one occasion he failed to judge Dom Bess’ deception, his wicket was plucked from the air. This was Pant’s third scored in the 90s in as many Tests. Former England Captain Nasser Hussain lauded Pant’s temperament and revealed that it was Pant’s outstanding performance and attacking style which helped India win at Brisbane.
“Rishabh Pant is an incredible, game-changing talent. If he hadn’t batted in his no-fear style, if he lacked any self-belief, then India would not have won that match in Brisbane last month that completed their greatest ever series victory,” Hussain wrote.
“Pant does not think about getting out, he just sees the attacking option and knows what he can achieve. If he was a cricketer that worried about what things look like when you get out cheaply, he would not be engineering the kind of result that shocked Australia and thrilled the world at the Gabba,” he stated.
Nasser Hussain, while admitting that Pant entertained him a lot in those matches also went on to add that Rishabh Pant shouldn’t be thought of as just a slogger. His approach against Dom Bess was cautious and managed to get the better of the bowler who had taken four wickets in the first innings multiple times.
“His attitude is like that of Ben Stokes. What is the difference, when you have scored 91 if you are caught at short leg or the midwicket boundary? Yesterday, it made for much more exciting viewing to have Pant playing that kind of innings.
“But don’t confuse Rishabh Pant for somebody who simply has a slog. Until his dismissal, he had left deliveries from Dom Bess outside the off stump expertly and very rarely used his feet against him,” Hussain added.