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IND v. ENG I can’t imagine an Indian country without Rishabh Pant: Ian Bell

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Rishabh Pant

“I can’t imagine an Indian country without Rishabh Pant in it,” said former England batsman Ian Bell, calling the enticing batsman cashier a “rare talent” who recently played with great maturity against the English.

Returning to the Indian side with white balls, Pant was promoted to number 4 and the 23-year-old did not disappoint. He spent half a century in both ODIs.

“I can’t imagine an Indian country without him in it now. It just feels like he’s the future and (he) is around some world-class players,” Bell told ESPNCricinfo.

“We’ve seen a mature series and it’s quite rare when we see someone play like that. I think it’s a rare talent and it’s just the beginning of his successful career. Amazing to watch, a real match-winner,” added Bell.

The highly rated Pant was in amazing shape in all formats this year. He played wins in matches of 97 and unbeaten 89 in the third and fourth tests against Australia to help India win the trophy at the Gavaskar border.

He scored a century against England in the fourth test, forcing the coaches to include him in the white balls.

In Sunday’s third ODI, which India won with seven runs, he was the top scorer with 62 balls 78.

“He’s had a fantastic series, hasn’t he? In all three formats. I saw real peace of mind for him today. It’s not just high-risk, deceptive or anything like that,” Bell said.

“Besides, he comes out of the strike and turns it around. So I imagine those bowling at the end of the sign think that if they make a slight mistake, Pant hurts them.

“We saw maturity as this series continues. This test meeting would give him a lot of confidence again,” he added.

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