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India v South Africa: Why Rishabh Pant is key to India’s T20 fortunes

India vs South Africa: Rishabh Pant must add responsibility quotient to his daredevilry with the bat to help India quest new heights in the T20 format. He has to be in his element to make it count at the biggest showpiece event of the T20 format.

  • There is no dearth of talent or skill when it comes to Rishabh Pant
  • Rishabh Pant’s attacking batting is key to India’s T20 fortunes
  • The Rohit Sharma-led side needs Pant to put his best foot forward

Rishabh Pant- a dasher, an aggressor, a crowd puller and maybe the next-gen superstar- is not a finished product by any stretch of the imagination, but his license-to-thrill approach accompanied by flamboyance has shown that the Delhi batter has it in him to excel, and own the international level.

When batting in his element, Pant is capable of enthralling the audience with his risk-full batting, and cricket pundits have been overawed by his ability to win India games from the position of no hope or last long enough to ensure a draw or even wage a lone battle to keep you in the game.

Despite being a naturally attacking player, who can be accused of going overboard with it at times, Rishabh Pant has reserved his best at the Test match level. The young gun has been tremendous with the bat over the last couple of seasons. Pant was not a certainty in the Indian Test team despite a solid start to his career in whites. However, it all changed after replacing Wriddhiman Saha in the XI following the infamous Adelaide Test in which India were bundled out for 36.

Rishabh Pant’s 97 nearly changed the Sydney Test which India managed to draw, while his 89 not out at Brisbane helped them breach the Gabba fortress and win the series Down Under. Then, to top it up, he hit a hundred under pressure against England in Ahmedabad to clinch India a spot in the World Test Championship final.

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