Indian U 19 coach and India A coach Rahul Dravid has been quite impressed with Rishabh Pant’s rise.
Pant had been in the India A tour and he came up with rich dividends. Lauding the youngster, Dravid said:
“Rishabh was quite excellent on the tour. He is obviously a very talented player. He showed in three or four innings that he was willing to bat differently. We all know the way he bats. Even in the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy season when he got over to 900 runs his S/R was 100 plus and we have seen him bat similarly in the IPL as well.
“On this trip, we challenged him a lot to bat according to the situation. He got a critical 64 (not out) in the one-day final when he was the last recognized batsman and also against West Indies A when he put on a 100-run partnership with Jayant Yadav.”
Dravid agreed that Pant showed a tendency to bat different when the team was under the pump.
“He showed that he could bat differently. He has the temperament and skills to bat differently. He is always going to be an attacking player but reading of the situation when you are playing red ball cricket is required. We are glad he has been picked in the national team and I hope he takes this maturity into the national team and hopefully builds from thereon,” the Wall concluded.
Pant will next partake in the five-match Test series against England.