Australia head coach Justin Langer has compared Rishabh Pant’s Gabba heroics to Ben Stokes’s blinder of a knock at Headingley in Ashes 2019.

Rishabh Pant in Gabba (left) and Ben Stokes in Headingley (Image Courtesy- AP and Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Australia coach has compared Rishabh Pant to Ben Stokes
  • Ben Stokes had scored unbeaten 135 runs to chase down a 359-run target vs Australia
  • On Tuesday, Rishabh Pant slammed unbeaten 89 to help India chase 328 at Gabba

It’s raining praises for Rishabh Pant. The 23-year-old made a mockery of a 328-run target set by Australia on the final day of the Gabba Test. A fluent 89-run knock from the southpaw saw India end Australia’s 32-year-long unbeaten streak in Brisbane.

India needed 324 runs to win when Rohit Sharama and Shubman Gill walked in the middle on Tuesday. Shubman Gill set up the stage with his 91 but someone else from the team needed to keep the momentum going after his departure. Rishabh Pant answered the team’s call and kept scoring at a brisk rate.

Wickets did fall in front of him but he looked possessed in his quest to win the match and the series for his team. India had to score 6 runs from every remaining over of the match at one point of time but Pant continued unflinched. He finished off the match with a boundary.

Now, Australia captain Justin Langer has compared Pant’s knock to the Headingley knock of Ben Stokes in Ashes 2019.

“It was an amazing effort. (Rishabh) Pant’s innings somewhat reminded me of Ben Stokes’ innings in Headingley actually. He came in, he was almost fearless and he will be lauded because of it. It was an unbelievable innings,” Langer said after the match.

What happened in the England vs Australia Headingley Test in 2019?

England were bundled out for 67 in the 1st innings and when they came down to bat in the final innings of the match they had an uphill target of 359 runs to achieve.

Then came a moment when England needed 73 runs to win with only 1 wicket in hand. When Jack Leach entered the field wearing his specs after the fall of 9th wicket, a victory looked minutes away but just remember that a Test match is like a life and stories keep on changing in a life.

Stokes was batting on 67 when Stuart Broad departed but in the next 62 balls of England’s innings he would face the likes of Pat Cummins, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon, to go on to complete his century and win the match by 1 wickets.

Ben Stokes ended up on an unbeaten 135 in the match. The win had helped England level the series.

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