England spin-bowling coach Jeetan Patel on Friday put his hat on young goalie Rishabh Pant for taking the game with his aggressive kick on the second day of the fourth test here.
Pant’s brilliant 101 brought India to 294 in seven as the hosts took a decisive 89-series lead.
“When players have the right to play as well as they are and demonstrate the skills they can … Rishab Pant is in this country to do what he does, as he did today, take away games from the opposition,” Patel said. in the virtual daily press conference.
“He did so well today, you know, he erupted from the middle, big applause for him.”
Pant found a suitable partner in Washington Sundar (60 did not come out) as the two forged 113 runways for the seventh goal to get India out of trouble after collapsing.
“… he (Pant) certainly came out after that tea break and took it from us. He was in a completely aggressive role and I think it obviously paid off to get a hundred,” Patel said.
“But the important part of it was the partnership they formed with Washington Sundar, and in order to last most of the session without losing a wicket, the hats have to disappear (how) they played there.”
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“The game is still under balance, which I believe. But I think Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar, this partnership is huge,” he said.
“Going to the last session, as I said before 153/6, 56 arrears, we hoped we could increase one (wicket) earlier and go through them and have the lead tonight.
“But look if there was a discussion in the locker room or not, but he (Pant) certainly came out and played a little more punches, became more aggressive than and that came out to them.”
Pant scored the first 50 runs in 82 balls before changing gears to complete his third Test Hundred in 118 balls, studded with 13 fours and two sixes.
“When a person is astounding, as he was in this series, it’s quite discouraging to get him to come in at seven and note what he’s doing,” Patel said.
“He got some important weekends along the way and did exactly what a second sailor would do,” Patel said.
“He (Strokes) is pretty cooked, as you can imagine, but he’s a war horse, he loves it, he loves it when it’s hard, hot and tiring, so we hope to see the best of him tomorrow.”
While Jack Leach (2/66) took two gates, Dom Bess did not have a good day in the office.
“He (Bess) would have liked to bowle much better today, giving a lot more to the group, but he didn’t succeed. They played him very well, stepped on him and looked for balls to score.
“Right now he would be tired of it, but the beauty of this game has another chance tomorrow.”