‘This is stupidity’: Ex-Pakistan cricketer slams Rishabh Pant for reverse sweep | Cricket

There is a method to their madness and India dasher Rishabh Pant seems to have cracked the code. Under the cloud cover on Friday, the Pant school of batting had a new story to tell. The 24-year-old stumper scored a counter-attacking 146 off just 111 balls to help India recover from a top-order slump to 338 for seven at stumps on the opening day of the fifth Test against England. (India vs England Live Score, 5th Test Day 2)

Pant’s battling innings included 19 fours and four sixes as he put on a dominant partnership of 222 with fellow left-hander Ravindra Jadeja, who had 83 to close the game. Undeterred as India lost three quick wickets in the second session, Pant was his usual self without shying away from an aggressive brand of cricket. He played traditional strokes, including straight drives and back-foot punches, but there was more to it. An Indian hits a reverse scoop against James Anderson – a replay of his daring shot against pace when England tour India in 2021.

While Pant wowed everyone with his counter-attacking ton of pressure, former Pakistan tweaker Danish Kaneria took a rare dig at the wicketkeeper-batsman, saying he needs to be careful with his shot selection. Kaneria praised Pant for his batting performance but said he needs to be more responsible when trying unorthodox strokes including the reverse hit.

“England bowlers looked average against Pant and Jadeja. I was really enjoying their batting but when I saw Pant go for the reverse sweep I got a little angry. He is a very good player but needs to mature. I was listening to Shastri’s commentary when talking about (Ravi ) Pant’s shot selection. “He has every shot in his book but I don’t understand why he wants to throw away his wicket. He can go big and reach 150, 200,” Kaneria said. His official YouTube channel.

“God has given him (Pant) everything but I don’t know why he goes for rash shots. He plays cover drives and Anderson knocks him down the ground. He can play these shots but still opts for a careless shot. I’ll be too. I call stupidity. It’s a brilliant innings. But Pant needs to be more mature. Without Pant and Jadeja, India would have been bowled out for just 200. England are behind now,” added.

Pant’s innings ended with part-timer Joe Root providing the much-needed breakthrough. He drove Zach Crawley, who took his third slip catch of the day.

With Pant on his feet, former India coach Ravi Shastri recalled a conversation he had with him during the home series against England. Shastri instructed the maverick wicketkeeper-batter to reverse sweep.

“I was talking to Pant last year and I’m getting bored of seeing you throw it in the same style every time, aren’t you? So why don’t you try something different, something more outrageous…maybe a reverse sweep? And I saw his eyes light up. It’s important to back a player’s ability. Shastri said during the commentary. Sky Sports.

“He reverse-swept Jack Leach a couple of times. In the next Test, he did it against Anderson. He took it a step further by reverse-sweeping one of his fast bowlers, Jofra Archer, in the limited-overs series,” he said.


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