Ever since Rishabh Pant got selected to play in the Boxing Day Test in Australia, the Indian cricketer has looked a completely different cricketer. He has looked effective and a lot more matured in his batting as well as wicket-keeping. He played an instrumental role in helping India win the last two Test series against England and Australia.
Pant ended the England Test series as the third-highest run-getter behind Joe Root and Rohit Sharma. He tallied 270 runs in 3 Tests at an average of 54. Indian commentator, Deep Dasgupta has lauded the Indian wicket-keeper batsman for working on his batting and wicket-keeping. The former Indian cricketer believes that Rishabh Pant has worked really hard on his game and is enjoying the game a lot more.
“He is enjoying his cricket a lot more. Even when he is talking about the game, that pure love, passion, and enjoyment for the game are evident,” Dasgupta said.
“Maybe a year ago, he was not doing it. That happens, that happens with everyone. I mean, I have felt it myself. Suddenly when there is a lot of criticism, you stop enjoying the game and forget the reason for why you’re playing the game at all. And I think Rishabh when I look at him, that enjoyment factor is so much there. He is having fun.“
Deep Dasgupta pointed out that Rishabh has worked on the technical aspects of his batting and wicket-keeping. He brought to light the changes the latter made to his technique with regards to his stance while batting.
“We have mentioned this before, about collecting the ball beside the body and being a lot more stable in his stance.
“As far his batting is concerned, we have always mentioned he is a potential match-winner. The biggest issue was choosing the right ball and the right bowler. His shot selection and his ball selection has improved drastically in the last couple of series. Especially this hundred he got, he got his first 50 in 82 balls, he has understood that in Test match cricket, there is nothing called natural game,” said Dasgupta.