Kevin Pietersen applauds Rishabh Pant: The Indian wicket-keeper batsman played a fearless and innovative reverse lap off the English fast bowler.
If you thought that India wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant reverse sweeping James Anderson was second to none, Pant has given you a chance to rethink about your opinion for the southpaw played a similar shot against England spearhead Jofra Archer tonight.
Batting at No. 4 in the ongoing first T20I between India and England in Ahmedabad, Pant put forward his fearless side by taking on Archer who was bowling at an express pace.
With England captain Eoin Morgan bringing the third man inside the circle, Pant didn’t seem to think twice before playing a reverse lap off Archer to amaze one and all. To rub salt on Archer’s wound, Pant followed his six with a four on the following delivery.
After Morgan won the toss and chose to field, things went as per plan for the visitors as they reduced the hosts to 20/3 in five overs. Despite Pant hitting a couple of boundaries, the Indian innings struggled to get going due to loss of wickets at regular intervals.
— Kl Rahul (@KlRahulFanArmy) March 12, 2021
Kevin Pietersen applauds Rishabh Pant
Pant has just played the greatest shot that’s ever been played in cricket.
Reverse sweeping/lifting Archer with a brand new white ball at 90mph for 6.
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) March 12, 2021
How Twitterati reacted:
One of those jaw-drop moments. Unbelievable shot. https://t.co/MNkMyK63p7
— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) March 12, 2021
This is the new generation !! Absolutely fearless ! Reverse sweep or shot I don’t know what to call it ! But @RishabhPant17 hats off to you to hit a fast bowler like that ! Game on !! #IndiavsEnglandT20
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) March 12, 2021
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 12, 2021
Wowzerrr Doogie Howzer 😱🤩
That six off Archer. How can you not love Rishabh Pant? #INDvsENG
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) March 12, 2021
Just when India would’ve wanted for Pant to continue playing similar shots, his attempt to flick England all-rounder Ben Stokes led to his dismissal as the aerial shot went straight to Jonny Bairstow at deep square leg. Playing a T20I after more than a year, the left-hand batsman departed after scoring 21 (23) with the help of two fours and a six.