Rishabh Pant is a batting freak! He danced down the wicket and hit James Anderson for a couple of boundaries when the England pacer got the 2nd new ball in his hands. What was more audacious is that reverse sweep that has sent social media into a tizzy.
Yes, you read that right. It was not against Dom Bess, Jack Leach, or Joe Root but it came against James Anderson, the man who has more than 600 Test wickets. Anderson was operating with the new ball when Pant reverse flicked him with conviction over the slip cordon to pick up a boundary.
James Anderson himself was impressed as he had a smirk in his face after Rishabh Pant did the unthinkable. It was a stunning shot from Pant who has been notching up some unbelievable knocks for India in Test cricket ever since he returned to the side after the Adelaide horror in Australia.
Pant took the attack to the England bowlers who were operating with the 2nd new ball as he helped India stretch their lead past 50 in the first innings.
Taking to social media, former India batsman Aakash Chopra called it the shot of 2021. “Shot Of 2021…..that reverse sweep vs James Anderson with the second new ball. Audacious. Adventurous. Rishabh Pant is an absolute freak. Love his play to bits,” Chopra said.
Shot Of 2021…..that reverse sweep vs James Anderson with the second new ball. Audacious. Adventurous. Rishabh Pant is an absolute freak. Love his play to bits. #IndvEng
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 5, 2021
Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff was equally impressed.
— Andrew Flintoff (@flintoff11) March 5, 2021
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 5, 2021
Have you EVER EVER seen a reverse sweep to @jimmy9 with the new ball in a test? @RishabhPant17 is simply an extraordinary cricketer, totally Sui generis.. audacious match winner who is set to carve a legacy of his own! Brisbane in Jan, now Ahmedabad. #INDvENG
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) March 5, 2021
— simon hughes (@theanalyst) March 5, 2021
It was yet another game-changing innings from Rishabh Pant, who had played similar blinders in Sydney and in the historic win over Australia at the Gabba earlier this year.
Pant paced his innings perfectly well as he walked into bat when India were in a spot of bother at 80 for 4 in response to England’s first innings total of 205. Pant took 82 balls for his first fifty as he anchored the innings after Rohit Sharma’s exit but the wicketkeeper-batsman opened up and played a blinder during his partnership with Washington Sundar.
The two added a 100-plus stand for the 7th wicket before Rishabh Pant was dismissed for 101 in 118 balls in Ahmedabad.