Rishabh Pant “changed course” in three test matches with his fearless approach to wadding, something most players have not been able to achieve throughout their careers.
Pant’s 97 almost changed the test in Sydney, which India managed to attract, while his 89, who were not in Brisbane, won their series Down Under. To top it off, he hit a hundred under pressure against England in Ahmedabad to win India a place in the World Cup final.
“Pant made three passes that changed the course of a mature counterattack test when the team had problems. Most players don’t contribute that much in their careers,” Chapel wrote in his column for ESPN Cricinfo.
Chappell also writes that Pant, once criticized for his not-so-great glove, was praised during the four test matches.
“Not only was he content with heroic blows, Pant also developed as a guard when he stood up to the spinning machines, going from a mess to a great one in a few weeks,” he wrote.
But what Chappell felt the difference between the two was Pant’s courage to have the mandate to lead the Indian team, something young English players like Dom Bess and Ollie Pope did not have.
“Pant is a popular player on the Indian side and his spirit embodies the team’s confident, attacking approach to the game. England have players who could provide a similar incentive for their team. What they lack is a favorable environment.”
“The two young Englishmen became more indicative as the series progressed. Pope wanted to use his legs, but as his hind leg was constantly longing for the safety of the crease, it was obvious he was worried about being left behind by the spinners.
“Bess seems to have missed the test team’s pass. With greatly reduced confidence, he bowled in the final test, hoping the ball would land at a good length instead of being confident in his destination,” said the Australian. serious in his criticisms of the philosophy of team leadership.
What Chappell liked about Pant was how he took risks, but he also mixed it with aggression.
“Meanwhile, Pant was afraid of … well, really nothing. The sonorous Indian guard, armed with an extremely confident temperament, played every pass, balancing the aggression with appropriate caution. common sense should always look for opportunities to achieve results. “
The difference between the two sides was that while the Indian batsmen were trying to find ways to score, the English were happy with just surviving.
“In most cases, this summarizes the difference between the cotton wool of India and England. The hosts were constantly considering ways to score while the guests were busy surviving,” he added.