Rishabh Pant will never forget IPL 10, as this was the stage on which he announced himself to the world. His prodigious talent was on display here, as Pant played a couple of breathtaking innings in this season of the IPL. Pundits and fans alike were unanimous in their praise, while the ‘God of Cricket’ had something to say as well. Sachin compares Rishabh Pant to two Indian World Cup winners, as he pays tribute to the teenager’s talent.
“He is a special talent. To me, he looks like a combination of Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina – the set up and the bat swing. (He is) wonderful to watch,” Tendulkar said.
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Sachin also spoke about Pant’s heroic batting performance in the wake of his father’s death. Pant’s father passed away just a few days before the IPL began.
“Yes, it’s never easy to have a tragedy in your family and then turn up and focus on the game (on Rishabh’s bereavement on the eve of IPL). I can understand what he must have gone through, because the same happened with me in the 1999 World Cup. It takes time to overcome and is a loss that’s irreparable. Full marks to Rishabh and his family; in these times, you need your family’s support,” he said.
Sachin also named a few youngsters who have impressed him in this edition of the Indian Premier League.
“Nitish Rana from our team has done really well. Batted brilliantly in the first half of the tournament. Have been watching Thampi and Siraj. Bumrah has been around for a while and performing consistently well. Tripathi has a beautiful bat swing and a cover drive of his the other day reminded me of Viru!,” Tendulkar said.
“IPL has players from all over the world participating and our youngsters have an opportunity to rub shoulders with them for good 40-50 days. It’s not just about pre-match preparations; it’s also about post match recovery. For example, Jacques Kallis spent a lot of time in KKR, so you get to understand the South African culture,” Tendulkar said.